A MICKLEHURST man is to undertake an epic cycle ride for raise funds for paralysed local motocross rider and close friend Sean Vose.
Adam Wright plans to complete the North Coast 500 which has been labelled Scotland’s Route 66 and one of the top coastal road trips in the world.
Indeed the 32-year-old self-employed joiner has renamed it the ‘Vosey 500’ as he will take to the road in late May to help raise funds towards Sean’s rehabilitation and ongoing care costs.
Adam, who was also a motocross rider, has known Sean for more than a decade through racing.
“Sean became a good friend and, while I raced, he taught me to ride a bike fast,” explained Adam, who along with Sean both previously lived in Carrbrook.
Adam, who cycled a lot in his younger days tackling the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride with his father and grandfather, decided to embark on the bike ride to raise money and also provide a challenge for himself.
He will be joined on the five-day trip by Carl Jennings, his girlfriend’s stepfather and would welcome others to join him.
Adam believes the gruelling bike ride will be nothing compared to what Sean has gone through since he severed his spinal chord in September after a crash while racing in the Longnor Races left him fighting for his life.
Adam said: “Sean is struggling to do anything so for me to struggle for one week is nothing compared with what he has gone through.
“It is a personal challenge and to share a bond with Sean who is cracking on with life and is an inspiration to others.
“I would like to undertake a challenge, whatever that might be, annually as his treatment is ongoing.”
Sean, who was a self-employed gas engineer before his accident, has just spent three weeks in America receiving intensive rehab at the NextStep Orlando Paralysis Recovery Centre where he managed to stand after electrodes were fixed to his legs. He hopes to return for further treatment.
The Correspondent visited Sean days before Christmas after he had just been discharged from hospital.
Sean returned to his home at Glenville Walk, Stalybridge, but has since moved to a specially adapted bungalow in Ashton.
His partner Amy Woolstencroft has quit her accountancy job to care for him.
A fundraising appeal organised by motocross friend Nicci Cooper raised £13,000 and in total around £17,000 has been collected.
• The North Coast 500 starts in the northern city of Inverness, weaves along the west coast to Applecross and then northwards towards the towns of Torridon and Ullapool.
From there, it ventures to some of the most northerly coastal points in Scotland, passing by Caithness and John o’ Groats before heading south again through Dingwall and finally back to Inverness.
To sponsor on his marathon ride, go online to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/seanvosefundraising?utm_term=MZXYXg8xe