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simonrichardsA garage worker, who is cycling 10 laps of the Isle of Wight to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), is already half way through his epic charity challenge.

Simon Richards, a workshop supervisor at Bartletts Service Station in Newchurch, began his round-the-island cycle challenge at 10:30 on Thursday from Wootton with the aim of completing a total of 1000km over the course of the weekend.

The massive charity fundraiser is to give something back to GOSH after the successful treatment of 13-year-old Aidan Radford, the son of Bartlett’s manager, Dan. Aidan had a major operation to remove a tumour from the left occipital lobe of his brain following a number of seizures as a result of epilepsy – seizures which have stopped since his operation in London in August last year.

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non-stopchallengebartlettsSimon, who hopes to hit his 1000km target by 17:00 on Sunday, is following the Isle of Wight Randonnee Route which takes place across the Island on Sunday. Members of the Radford family will also be cycling this weekend, taking part in the Randonnee.

Aidan’s heart-jerking story has been published on the event’s JustGiving page which has been set up to help raise at least £3000. You can read Aidan’s story and donate at


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