Mounting an attempt to help epilepsy girl’s family

Toby Newman,left and Ross Bowles,right from Buckingham with their '80s bikes raising money for a child with severe epilepsy.'110811M-C530

Toby Newman,left and Ross Bowles,right from Buckingham with their '80s bikes raising money for a child with severe epilepsy.'110811M-C530

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A PAIR of Buckingham men are about to embark on a charity cycle ride to help the family of a nine-year-old girl with a rare form of epilepsy.

Toby Newman and Ross Bowles will be riding from London to Switzerland on 1980s racing bikes, each bought for less than £30.

Setting off on September 14 and arriving on September 25, the men will aim to average 68 miles a day through the smaller towns on their Raleigh Sensors.

When in Switzerland, Ross will also be doing the biggest bungee jump in the world.

The pair are aiming to raise £2,000 to help the family of nine-year-old Tilly Muckleston-Harris, from Steeple Claydon, who suffers from Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome,.

Children with the syndrome develop learning difficulties and can suffer frequent seizures.

The money will pay for specialist wall padding for Tilly’s bedroom, so she can play in safety.

Tilly’s mum, Kimberlie Muckleston, said: “You can’t take your eyes off her. She has no sense of danger or spatial awareness. She can hurt herself at any time.

“To look at her you wouldn’t know anything was wrong with her, but mentally she’s 18 months old. She’s like a baby trapped in a nine-year-old’s body.”

The cyclists heard about the family while attending the Phoenixbury festival in Steeple Claydon.

Kimberlie added: “I feel quite privileged there are people out there that do want to help people.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the cyclists can send it to The Charity Account, sort code 60 04 09, account number 85599867.