FOR many fundraisers, conquering one charity challenge is enough for one year.
But Chipping Norton painter and decorator Robert Barney, has decided to tackle three at once – despite being told he might never work again following a motorcycle accident.
In October, the 29-year-old will complete a John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle ride, then the Oxford Half Marathon http://www.oxfordhalfmarathon.com/
and finally a skydive – all in two weeks.
He said: “The cycle ride is something I’ve wanted to do for years.
“I saw the dates tied in with the half marathon and then it all went from there.”
The physical aspects of the mission will be a particular challenge for Mr Barney, who was seriously injured in a motorbike accident in 2010.
He was left hospitalised with serious injuries to one of his feet and ankle.
He said: “The doctors sent me off on disability allowance and said I probably would not be able to work again. But I worked hard and I got them to reinstate me at work. They said the movement in my
leg would stop me but I made sure it didn’t.”
Mr Barney completed a 24-hour bike ride around Birmingham for Kerrang Radio’s Water Campaign two months ago.
His latest challenge is in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the national charity which funds research into the disease and provides information and support for patients and families.
He said: “I have two friends who both suffer with the disease, so I’ve seen first-hand that this is a really worthwhile cause.”
Mr Barney hopes to raise between £2,000 and £3,000 and will be setting up a fundraising website in the next few days.
His friend Justin Whitton will join him on the John O’Groats to Land’s End ride.