Enham resident Ed Villa, 45, has taken up an epic 50km cycling challenge on a Motomed static bike to raise funds for the redevelopment and equipping of Enham Trust’s proposed new sports and well-being hall facility for residents and the local community.
Ed, who has lived in Enham for 25 years and has cerebral palsy, is currently a quarter of the way through his September challenge and said:
It’s amazing to think I’ve already smashed my initial £100 target several times over. People have been so kind contributing towards my fundraiser. I’m not just doing this for myself, I’m doing it for everybody. It will be brilliant for people to have access to our new community sports facility. I enjoy helping others and the idea I could contribute towards something lots of people will benefit from makes me very happy.
On the positive impact of the challenge he is undertaking Ed continued:
The thing I’ve found most difficult has been keeping up the daily practise, whilst not overdoing things. However, I have enjoyed how exercising regularly has made me feel. I’ve been able to manage my pain better as well as some other symptoms associated with my condition. Each day I’ve done this I’ve found it a little easier. I’m better able to use my stand-aid since starting the Bike Challenge, and my legs are gaining strength, making transferring in and out of my chair easier.
Ed, who enjoys art and creating things for people he cares about continued:
I would love more people to know about Enham Trust and the brilliant work they do supporting over 6,000 disabled people every year. It will be wonderful to have this facility in place for everyone to build up their fitness.
There’s still time to support Ed Villa in his cycle challenge by visiting his sponsorship page at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EdwardVilla
It’s been a challenging but exciting time for Enham Trust as they gradually move back to some form of normality, with the recent reopening of their charity shop and café and its social enterprise E3PL which offers supported employment to many disabled employees. To find out more about what’s happening at Enham Trust or make a donation, head to their website (www.enhamtrust.org.uk) or follow them on social media.