320-mile cycle for rare illness care

Connor Duckworth

Connor Duckworth

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A Burnley father with a rare condition will cycle 320 miles from London to Paris next month to raise money for the charity that has supported him for half of his life.

Connor Duckworth (24), a freelance sound engineer, has suffered from linear scleroderma for 20 years.

His particular form of the condition wastes fatty tissue and damages the muscles in the left side of his body.

Since Connor’s scleroderma was triggered at the age of just four, it has shortened his left leg by an inch-and-a-half and causes him fatigue and near-constant, chronic pain.

The money Connor raises for the Raynaud’s & Scleroderma Association funds research and assists in the welfare of those suffering from either Raynaud’s – an oversensitivity to temperature – or scleroderma.

Crucially, the RSA also puts patients in contact with each other, to exchange ideas and information providing Connor and other Scleroderma sufferers with an invaluable network of support.

“The charity has helped me so much since I was 12 years old,” he said.

“I just want to return the favour.”

Connor begins his ride in London on Wednesday July 15th, and aims to arrive in Paris on Sunday July 19th. To donate, please visit: www.doitforcharity.com/ConnorLee