Pounding the pedals for brave four-year-old

The generosity of Brackley shoppers was on display yet again last weekend as a team of cyclists aiming to send a four-year-old to America for a life changing operation raised more than £900.

On Sunday the team of seven from Brackley, Bicester and Banbury held a static fundraising ride outside Tesco in Brackley for Seb Strudwick.

cycle4seb , back left to right Matty Horrocks and Tim Bloor, with Jenni Horrocks and Seb Strudwick front

cycle4seb , back left to right Matty Horrocks and Tim Bloor, with Jenni Horrocks and Seb Strudwick front

Taking it in turns, the cycle4seb team pedalled for six hours – from the moment the store opened to the moment it closed – and covered 156 virtual miles in the process.

The ride was preparation for a four-day, 330-mile fundraising ride between Lands End and Brackley next month.

The team includes Chris Thomas, Clive Boon, Matty Horrocks, Tim Bloor, Dan Talbot, Andy Howe and Mick Short, plus a support crew for wives and friends.

Between summer 2011 and January 2012, people from across the Advertiser and Review region helped raise £45,000 to send Seb to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri for a selective dorsal rhizotomy, that freed up cramped muscles and tendons in his legs, allowing him to walk independently.

After a growth spurt Seb now needs a follow up operation and further physiotherapy.

A welcome home eventfor the team will take place in Brackley Town Centre at around 2.30pm on June 13.

To support the cycle4seb team visit their website at www.justgiving.com/cycle4seb, or text SEBS99 £1 to 70070.