Support 'water cyclist' who will pass through towns

Support 'water cyclist' who will pass through towns

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Paul Miles

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Support 'water cyclist' who will pass through towns

A mental health activist is preparing to undertake a unique charity challenge as he attempts to 'water cycle' 142 miles along the River Thames.

Terry Hammond will be passing through Maidenhead on Monday, October 8 at about 3.30pm as part of his five-day adventure.

He will also pass through Windsor at about 9.30am the following morning as he makes his way to the finish line in London.

The 65-year-old is hoping to raise £1,000 for charity Rethink Mental Illness.

He will be riding a unique 'water cycle' nicknamed 'skippy' which has been donated to Terry by a former University of Oxford academic who created the vehicle more than 20 years ago.

Looking ahead to the challenge, Terry, whose son Steve suffers from schizophrenia, says he is hoping to raise the profile of the charity and generate some valuable cash.

"I just hope it brings a smile to peoples faces as well as the seriousness of the message we are trying to get across."

Among the challenges he will face are strong winds, locks and fatigue.

Whatever the weather he is hoping that crowds gather to support him as he cycles by.

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