Paraplegic athlete hand cycling across Romania for charity
Paraplegic athlete Alan Rayment is gearing up for his latest charity challenge – hand cycling 206 miles in six days across eastern Europe.
He will undertake the challenge with a team of 18 cyclists from across the UK to raise money for Link Romania, a charity helping the country’s poor and needy.
Alan has been a wheelchair user since 2001, having lost his legs through MRSA and leg ulcers.
The group’s cycle challenge will begin on May 20 in Iasi in north-east Romania and will end in Chisinau, Moldova’s capital on May 25.
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Alan said: “I have been involved in charity events since 2004, when I first did the London Marathon.
“I visited Romania many years ago with my dad who was a long distance lorry driver.
“We will be staying with Romanian families along the way and I want to see what their culture is like.”
The 36-year-old from Windsor Road, Crowle, works as a fitness suite manager at North Lindsey College and has competed in ten triathlons, two marathons, 21 10k races and six half-marathons.
He has also been a member of the Great British paratriathlon team since 2008.
Alan will be using his hand cycle, which is powered by the arms, rather than the legs.
He said: “Running is difficult, but at least with cycling you have a saddle.”
Along the route, which also includes a 16 mile kayak, the team will be visiting some of the projects and work supported by Link Romania.
All of the team are paying for the cost of the trip themselves, so they say all sponsorship raised will go directly to the work of Link Romania.
Farzana Khanum, diversity officer at North Lincolnshire Homes, is also taking part in the challenge. She said: “ I do quite a bit of charity work with Alan and he suggested I come along with him.
“Alan has really inspired me to participate in this.”
Lisa Hector, general manager of Link Romania, who is also taking part in the challenge, said: “We are really excited about the Moldova Cycle Challenge.
“Every two years, we run a fundraising challenge event. In 2008 and 2010, we did treks in Romania, but this year we decided we would give cycling a go.
“What is great about these kind of events is the participants really get to see where the funds they raised are being used, which will hopefully motivate and inspire them through what will be a great challenge.”
Projects supported by Link Romania that will be visited along the cycle challenge include a kindergarten school attended by 20 of the poorest children from Dallas shanty town and a soup kitchen in Moldova which provides a lifeline to 100 very poor people, including families and the elderly.
Link Romania is also helping to build a youth and community centre in the Moldovan village of Dancu.