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Sally Sycha

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Weʼre raising £3,200 to Sally's slow Land's End to John o' Groats for a rugby wheelchair! Follow Sally Sycha on Strava to track all my rides.

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Hi,
I'm Sally and thanks for taking the time to read my story.
I'm a disabled mum who loves wheelchair rugby, and during 2021 I am planning on riding the distance of Land's End to John o' Groats (LEJOG - 1,407km) on my specialist recumbent ICE trike (in 2020 I rode 338km so this is a huge challenge). I'm doing this to fundraise for my own rugby wheelchair as the team I play for (the Berkshire Banshees) is growing and doesn't have enough chairs for all the players.
I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) (as well as a variety of other conditions).
Due to POTS I can only stand for an average of 3 minutes before collapsing as my autonomic nervous system doesn't work properly (the autonomic nervous system controls all the aspects of your body you don't actively think about like breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion etc so causes widespread problems). I need to use a wheelchair to leave the house and on bad days around the home.
EDS is a genetic connective tissue disorder and causes joint instability and frequent dislocations/subluxations, as well as problems with my guts, urinary, circulatory and other body systems (connective tissue is basically the glue that holds your body together so is found throughout the body causing widespread problems in EDS).
My health dramatically deteriorated, making me suddenly disabled during my second pregnancy (I have two amazing kids who are my world). This was a really hard time for me and my family, and incredibly isolating.
Nearly 2 years ago I found wheelchair rugby and refound myself, a community, and my confidence. I cannot overstate how much being part of the Berkshire Banshees has done for me and my family. Playing wheelchair rugby and being part of the Banshees has hugely benefited both my physical and mental health, and the kids love it when mummy goes CRASH!

For more information about wheelchair rugby and the need for specialised chairs see - www.berkswr.co.uk

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  • Sally Sycha4 days ago
    Sally Sycha

    Sally Sycha

    4 days ago

    Morning all, this is me at exactly half way of my 1407km aim! I've had to have nearly 3 weeks off riding due to a health flare but managed a ride yesterday. It was hard and I was slow but it was really lovely to be back out enjoying the scenery and wildlife and trying new routes 🌞😁 In 18 rides I've now ridden 740.23km which leaves 666.77km to go! Please keep sharing my story, even if you have before as different people might see it. Thanks to everyone for all the support, Sally x

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  • Sally Sycha1 month ago
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    Sally Sycha

    1 month ago

    Hello lovely supporters! I've been featured in a news article today - https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/disabled-wokingham-mum-who-cant-20198657 - and was on BBC radio Berkshire this afternoon talking about the challenge! So far I've cycled 588.61km and have 818.39km to go! This is ahead of my hoped for schedule so I'm feeling really good about the challenge 😁 To follow all my rides see here - https://www.strava.com/athletes/37069868 Thank you again to everyone who has supported me, it means a huge amount to all of us x

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  • Sally Sycha2 months ago
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    Sally Sycha

    2 months ago

    Hi all, I managed some amazing rides in half term and even rode over 50km for the first time! So after 10 rides I've now ridden 352.73km, which is a quarter of the way! Back to homeschooling now so progress will slow again until schools go back. I'm enjoying the slightly warmer weather, it seems 10 degrees C is a pretty good riding temperature for me, warm enough not to set off Raynauds too much and cool enough not to set off a POTS episode even when I'm working hard. Thank you again to everyone who has shared & donated, I really appreciate it!

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Page last updated on: 4/18/2021 11.05

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  • Debbie & Lee X

    Debbie & Lee X

    Apr 18, 2021

    Good Luck Sally.

    £20.00

  • Rob

    Rob

    Apr 7, 2021

    Best of luck with the challenge, wanted to show my support towards your goal.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Apr 5, 2021

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 31, 2021

    £10.00

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    Mar 28, 2021

    £12.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 26, 2021

    £20.00

  • Helen Hadfield

    Helen Hadfield

    Mar 19, 2021

    Sally, you are an inspiration, what an awesome challenge x

    £20.00

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