Cyclists raise cash for stroke victim

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Fitness fanatics at an Eastwood gym are biking more than 100 miles to raise money for a man who suffered a stroke.

More than 30 people from the town’s Revolution Fitness are taking part in ‘the tour of hope’ to raise money for Jon Cusick, who has been described as ‘a true gentleman’.

Earlier this year, Jon was stricken with a severe stroke which left him with a condition known as ‘locked in syndrome’, meaning he can only communicate by blinking his eyes.

Jon has been a member of Revolution Fitness for four years, and as a gesture of support, gym owners Wendy and Chris Hulme a have organised the bike ride for June 22 – Jon’s 46th birthday.

Cyclists will take part in two distance rides – one of 70 miles which starts in Eastwood and finishes in Hope Valley in the Peak District, and the second a 40 mile challenge which begins in Matlock and finishes at Hope Valley.

The Revolution riders will be hoping to raise as much as possible.

The money will go towards a communications aid for Nottingham City Hospital – an invaluable piece of equipment for Stroke sufferers.

“It’s a case of remapping Jon’s brain and putting everything in place to bring him back to normal.

“Everyone has the utmost respect and admiration for Jon who is a kind caring and utterly reliable individual. He’s a true gentleman.

“Prior to his illness he was a super-fit chap who took part in cycling events at a high level. Everyone is praying and hoping that he makes a full recovery.

“It is a real shock to us all.”