Chris Tabb, Andy Bromley, Stuart Arnold, Nick Cox, Gary Wood, Step Hallett and Chris Smith supported by Khurm Arshad will embark on our 1000 mile journey on the 3rd August.
Starting at Land’s End on the south-westerly tip of England, we pedal our way through Cornwall, over Dartmoor and north along the Welsh border, skirting the Lake District into Scotland, via lochs and the Highlands to the North Coast and John O’Groats.
In all we will cover roughly 1,000 miles, passing through some of the most stunning and remote countryside in the British Isles. This is a tough challenge but a fabulous way to see the country, and more importantly raise much needed funds for Auzair's Fast Track Research Fund.
The Arshad family has set up Auzair's Fast Track Research Fund, to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy Campaign-funded research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Auzair, who is now 17, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was four years old. His mum and dad, Parveen and Mohammed, along with Auzair's older brothers Khurm and Usi, have set up the fund.
Despite Auzair's regular visits to their GP, healthcare professionals did not share the family's concerns over Auzair's mobility. It was only when a nurse at Auzair's school expressed concern that he may have a muscle-wasting condition that he was sent for tests. These tests confirmed that Auzair did in fact have the severe muscle-wasting condition, Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Auzair's brother, Khurm, said: "The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign was involved from day one of Auzair's diagnosis. The charity's care advisor, Jan Smith, was imperative to guiding us through the first four or five years. Without her guidance, we would have been lost and many of our questions would have remained unanswered."
Auzair has lost all but a little mobility in his hands and is now a full-time wheelchair user. His physical and medical needs require round-the-clock assistance; however this does not stop Auzair leading an independent and full life. He aspires to study at university, work in London or New York and travel the world.
"Auzair has an excellent quality of life because we, as a family, strive to give him the care that he requires. Aside from this, the only thing we can do is raise as much money as possible to fund groundbreaking research in the hope that one day they are able to develop a treatment to either stop or slow down the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We know that Auzair will only be able to fully realise and achieve his ambitions in life with the help of treatment."
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