John St.John-Mosse has Parkinsons but will cycle 1931km to combat the disease. Photo from Charity Today UK

John St.John-Mosse has Parkinsons but will cycle 1931km to combat the disease. Photo from Charity Today UK

A fitness instructor living with Parkinson’s is taking on the challenge of a lifetime – cycling 1,200 miles (1931km) in twelve days across Thailand and Burma for Parkinson’s UK.

Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006 at the age of just 49, John St.John-Mosse, 58 from Morden, London, has been committed to raising awareness and funds for research into the condition.

Currently getting ready to set off in October, John explains:

“This is my most ambitious challenge yet, cycling a minimum of 100 miles a day in a 40 degree heat is a frightening but exciting prospect. It’s going to be hard, I know that, but I will do it. It’s me against Parkinson’s now, I will not fail.”

John has already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, completed a skydive, cycled in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand as well as cycling the 100km London Nightrider five times to raise an impressive £52,000 for Parkinson’s UK so far.

He adds:

“Unfortunately Parkinson’s is unpredictable, you can be good one year and totally down the next so I want to raise as much money as I can while I’m still able to.

“But ever since my diagnosis I’ve managed to tick off so many things and I’ve found that exercise and cycling really helps, when I’m on the bike I can be anyone I want to be. Just because you’ve got Parkinson’s it doesn’t mean life has to stop.”

For this, his biggest challenge to date, he has set himself a fundraising target of £20,000.

Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK said:

“I want to say a massive thank you and good luck to John. The fundraising he’s done so far has been incredible and cycling 1,200 miles is an admirable challenge.

“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity, we are leading the way to find a cure, but this wouldn’t be possible without fundraisers like John. I hope it’s the experience of a lifetime for him.”

For more information on John’s challenge, see www.gonecycling.co.uk

Source: Charity Today UK