Nick Young, 45 from Walkington, Beverley, will take on a gruelling 201 mile cycle in one day this weekend for the Stroke Association, to mark 20 years since surviving a stroke.
Nick had a stroke at the age of just 25 during a procedure to remove a brain tumour, which left him totally paralysed down his left hand side.
Nick said: “Thanks to very patient physios and my extreme stubbornness I literally had to learn how to stand on my own two feet again. To this day I struggle to walk in a straight line, I have a dropped left foot and get pain in my left hand. I can only look over one shoulder and can only indicate left, because I wobble on the bike when I take my right hand off the bars. This makes feeding and drinking very challenging, as well as indicating right. By rights, I could be registered disabled, but I’ve never taken that stance. A positive mindset can overcome most adversity.”
Nick will take on the Chase the Sun challenge, which will see him ride at first light on Saturday 22 June from Tynemouth on the east coast, to Prestwick in Scotland on the west coast. He will have 17 hours to complete the course before sunset. His sister Joanne and her husband Phil will ride 50 mile segments alongside him as a relay team, supported by his wife Denise Young and nephew Jordan Fisher.
Nick said: “Over the years, I’ve learnt to adapt and cope with my condition and now, I’ve decided to celebrate my 20 year anniversary with a super challenge. This is a bid to raise money for the Stroke Association, but also a huge personal challenge that will test me to breaking point.
“I want to help others to have the best opportunity they can at recovering from stroke, while raising awareness which could help to save lives. I’ve had my second chance and I want others to have theirs.”
In the UK stroke is the leading cause of disability and there are 1.2 million people living with the physical and emotional after effects. The money raised will enable the charity to support many more stroke survivors to rebuild their lives.
Jo Beverley, Regional Fundraiser at the Stroke Association, said: ““A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and it turns lives upside down in an instant. We’re incredibly grateful to Nick for taking on this extremely difficult challenge. With his support we can reach out to more stroke survivors and their families as they rebuild their lives. Nick is a true inspiration and proof that there is life after stroke; we wish him the very best of luck for the cycle.”
To sponsor Nick, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nick-young14. For more information about stroke, visit stroke.org.uk or call the Helpline on 0303 3033 100.