Students, staff and alumni of a Nottingham student radio station are static cycling 411 miles in just 24 hours for a former student who was temporarily paralysed last year.
FLY FM, based at Nottingham Trent University Student Union, are taking on the task, named ‘Winging it for Josh’, on March 2 & 3.
The bike ride is in aid of raising money for Linden Lodge Neuro Rehabilitation Centre – which is part of Nottingham University Hospitals – after they helped former Head of Sport Josh Wing recover from a serious illness which hospitalised him for several weeks.
Providing physiotherapists, occupational therapist and speech therapy experts to aid recovery of many Nottingham people, the centre is looking to build a new garden to help current and future patients suffering from neurological illnesses relax between treatment sessions.
Josh, 22, from Nottingham, was initially diagnosed with Glandular Fever, which is a common trigger of lethal Guillain Barre Syndrome – which can leave sufferers temporarily paralysed, and in some severe cases, can mean that sufferers are unable to breathe without the aid of a ventilator.
FLY FM Deputy Station Manager Matt Lynch, 21, said: “It’s a huge challenge for all of us involved but it’s nothing in comparison to what Josh has gone through.”
“If we can do our bit for raising awareness whilst raising money for Linden Lodge’s new garden it’ll be worth all the pain.”
“Josh played an integral part in Fly FM during his time at Trent especially sport so taking on 411 miles on a bike feels fitting.”
The challenge will include cycling from the Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal FC, who Josh supports – to Signal Iduna Park, Westfalenstadion in Dortmund – one of his favourite European teams.
At his weakest point, Josh was unable to sit up, stand up, talk or even lift up an object as light as a pillow unaided.
Sport-lover Josh, 22, who hopes to once again play football, said: “GBS was the an extremely tough fight for me, and I’m getting stronger with each day that passes.”
“I know from experience that this garden will improve the quality of life for people fighting a Neuro-related illness.”
“Not only am I grateful for all of the members of FLY FM who are involved in this, it’s also a huge privilege to be part of.”
The entire challenge will be broadcast via their website, and will include 49 riders who will be cycling in half an hour slots each.
Find out more information and read Josh’s story here.