Burnley hairdresser to cycle Leeds and Liverpool Canal for brittle bones charity

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A BURNLEY man who has brittle bone disease is preparing to cycle the length of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal for a charity which helps people with the condition.

Simon Townley, joint owner of DJST Hair in St James’s Street, will be joined by 11 of his family and friends for the challenge on August 29th.

He will aim to complete the 127-mile journey from Leeds in two to three days using a specially-adapted wheelchair which he can pedal with his hands.

The group hopes to raise £10,000 for the Brittle Bone Society.

Also taking part in the bike ride will be Simon’s business partner Dale James, Zach O’Connell, Lizzie Warne, Holly Trickett, Neil Plank-Baldwin, Kayleigh Fennessy, Emma Rae, Jared Warne, James Fent and Anita Jordan.

Simon’s mum Mrs Sandra Speight, who will be cheering on the group along the way, said: “They are trying every day to do a bit of training. “It will be more difficult for Simon because of his disability. Simon wanted to do this to give something back, not everybody with his condition gets the chance to do something like that.

“He’s had quite a lot of help over the years. He’s had about 70 fractures. He’s really excited do do something as big as this.”

Anyone who wants to sponsor the group can visit www.justgiving.com/Djst.