Teacher to take on Ride London for National Star
A primary school teacher is getting on her bike to say thanks to National Star for supporting her cousin.
Jon Veal, from Leckhampton, was on his way to work in Cirencester when he was involved in a car accident that changed his world. He was 19 years old.
The accident left Jon with a brain injury which meant that he couldn’t support his body, hold his head up or even swallow.
Eight years on, Lynne Barry will take part in Ride London, a 100-mile cycle ride, to raise money for National Star.
‘At National Star Jon learnt to focus his energy on achieving what was possible. Jon has learned how to communicate with noises and gestures, enabling him to express how he feels and make his own decisions and has regained some speech,’ said Lynne.
‘Through hydrotherapy, he has even been able to take his first steps since the accident.’
‘Now living at Foundation House, one of National Star’s residential care accommodation in Gloucester, Jon is enjoying his independence and is excited about what the future will bring.’
Lynne, who cycles about 3.5 miles every day to work, says the ride on Sunday (30 July) will be a challenge.
‘A friend bullied me into the challenge,’ she said. ‘I have been following a training programme but I think I am going to have a rather sore bottom by the time I finish!’
So far Lynne has raised £830 in sponsorship. To donate, visit her fundraising page.