Keeping a promise with a 1,000-mile fundraising bike ride for MDUK

Nathan Barnard
Nathan Barnard, from Chandlers Ford in Hampshire, 'went the distance’ this month to keep a promise made to his father, Bob, who died this July, aged 67. Bob was diagnosed with limb girdle muscular dystrophy when he was 38.

Nathan said,

In our last conversation, I told him I would fundraise to support research into cures for muscle-wasting conditions, in his memory. I believe it is a very worthy cause, which does not always get the exposure it deserves.

Nathan completed the final 50 miles in his front garden on Sunday 26 September, where a cake stall was also running to attract more donations. He said,

As my dad passed away only recently, on 30 July, this challenge has given me a good focus and is helping me to process the grief. I am pleased to have received so much support from friends and family. I have already fundraised well over my target amount with the total amount now at £1,654. I am really pleased to have been able to raise so much for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Nathan is a stores and supplies manager as well as an on-call firefighter for Hampshire and IOW Fire and Rescue Service.

I try to keep myself reasonably fit so the main challenge for me is finding time to get the miles in. I am fitting this in around full-time work and other normal family life, which means lots of early starts and evening cycle-rides.

Louise Moffat, MDUK Regional Manager for London, South East and East England, said,

This is an incredible challenge that Nathan has taken on in memory of his father. It is lovely to see the support his family and friends have shown, which is a testament to the man Bob was. The incredible amount he has raised will help to fight muscle-wasting conditions, like Bob’s, by funding research and providing vital help and support for the 70,000 people in the UK living with a muscle-wasting condition.

You can read more and support Nathan here