Fenland fitness fanatics set to hit the saddle to raise money for West Walton boy George

George Hall (5) and mum Susie (centre) meet PCSO Sue Clarke (right) and Spinning instructor Wayne Ma

George Hall (5) and mum Susie (centre) meet PCSO Sue Clarke (right) and Spinning instructor Wayne Marshall (left) at the George Campbell Leisure Centre ahead of Sunday's fundraiser. - Credit: Archant

Fundraisers will be on a roll this weekend when they take on an indoor group cycling challenge to raise money for a brave Fenland boy who was given only a 50 per cent chance of survival at birth.

The Riding for George event, in honour of five-year-old George Hall, is being held at the New Vision Fitness George Campbell Leisure Centre in March on Sunday (August 20) with four one-hour classes from 10am to 2pm.

The event will be raising money towards a £6,000 appeal for George, who was born with no pulmonary heartbeat and brain damage.

George, who lives in West Walton, is partially deaf, globally delayed and requires daily physiotherapy.

He swims twice a week to ease pain in his muscles, but as he has trouble hearing in the water the family launched the appeal to buy George two waterproof hearing aids.

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More than £4,700 has already been raised, and organisers of the group cycling challenge are hoping they can raise enough to smash the target.

The idea for the event came from local police community support officer (PCSO) Sue Clarke, and has organised it with the help of spinning instructor and retained crew commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, Wayne Marshall.

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Sue said: “I heard about the appeal for George so I rang his mum out of the blue and said I’d like to help; I’d never met George or his mum before. I enjoy Wayne’s Spinning classes and asked if he would help me, and he didn’t hesitate.

“We want to help George continue to do what he loves the most and raise money towards his waterproof hearing aids.”

George’s mum, Susie said: “The generosity of people that don’t even know us is just overwhelming; I can’t thank Sue, Wayne and all the people who will be taking part in the event enough.”

Several people have already signed up to the challenge, with some fitness fanatics saddling up for all four of the classes. More bikes have also been drafted in for the event, with a few spaces still available.

Anyone wanting to sign up for the challenge can contact Sue on 07850 172412 or Wayne on 07985 854143.

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