Malvern man set for mammoth charity cycle challenge

COMMITTMENT: Mr Dallimore putting in a day's training while on holiday in Croatia this year

TRAINING: Mr Dallimore taking part in the Stratford Tempest event, in June this year.

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A Malvern man who says he feels like "Superman injected with Kryptonite" some days after contracting an incurable disease is taking on a cycling challenge to raise funds for charity.

David Dallimore, 53, of Great Malvern, is cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats, as well as an extra mile for eight days to ensure the route is 1,000, to raise money for MS Society- which tackles Multiple Sclerosis.

He said: "Training is going well, I am cycling around 100 miles a week.

"I hope to raise as much money as possible, and have so far raised £3,000 out of my £5,000 target which is great.

"Luckily my suffering of MS isn't so bad and I am still able-bodied, but I know some people that aren't, so I want to help as much as I can while I am still in relatively good condition."

The married father of three children was diagnosed with MS in 2006, after first noticing symptoms in 2005.

Salesman Mr Dallimore, who studied at Hanley Castle High School, said: "The first I do when I go to work is write the date, but one day I couldn't. I knew the date, I was just incapable of writing it.

"I went to the supermarket and tried to pay for the shopping by signing a cheque, by I couldn't sign my name. Both these things are very simple things, so it was very scary.

"I was told I'd suffered a one-off attack of MS, but I had a few more over a number of months before being diagnosed."

He says he has suffered various symptoms, and cannot predict what each day will bring.

"I have suffered other symptoms including numbness to my face and very blurred vision because of the MS.

"Also energy levels can drop entirely. I have good days and bad days, but on bad days I just have no energy. When it's gone it's gone.

"It's very unpredictable, I go to bed at night not knowing what the next day will bring.

"I've always been a sporty and adventurous person. When the diagnosis happened and my energy levels dropped, I felt like Superman injected with Kryptonite.

"While my disease is still manageable, I want to do as much as I can to help others as I know I am one of the lucky ones with still being able to do things" he said.

Mr Dallimore is scheduled to tackle the mammoth challenge on Tuesday, August 26 through until Saturday, September 6, organised through company Discover Adventure.

He previously raised £3,500 for the MS Society when he completed a solo free fall parachute jump in 2010.

To donate to his cause, visit justgiving.co.uk/Dave-Dallimore

For more information on MS Society, visit mssociety.org.uk

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