Virtual cycle helps fund treatment for genetic disorder

Virtual cycle helps fund treatment for genetic disorder

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Katherine Denham

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Virtual cycle helps fund treatment for genetic disorder

A team of employees have pedalled the distance of England to Paris to help fund research that could help their colleague’s son who was born with a rare genetic condition.


Thirty-four staff members from the town branch of Lexmark International in Foundation Park, off Cannon Lane in Cox Green, took it in turns to get sweaty in a 322-mile 'virtual cycle' to their office in Paris.

The printing company decided to raise money for the Neuro Foundation after their alliance business manager’s son was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF), a condition that causes tumour growth along the nerves.

Angela Saville, who lives in Warwickshire but is based in the Maidenhead office, hopes the money raised will help find a cure for her 14-year-old son Kian’s disorder.

The riders pedalled on a static bike for an average of 40 minutes each, cycling 12 hours in total and an extra 147 miles on top of their target.

They raised more than £3,000 for the charity.

"I could have cried when I saw how much has been donated," said Angela.

"It’s such a small charity but this money will make such a big difference."

Visit justgiving.com/V-Cycle/ to support the Lexmark employees.

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