A Langford couple have raised over £1,500 for an arthritis charity after cycling for 70 miles around the Isle of Wight coast.
Stephanie White, 22, and Lewis Stockwell, 24, were raising money for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS).
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated - you have made a big differenceStephanie White
Stephanie’s mother has been battling with the condition for a decade and with help from the charity she has seen her steadily regain her everyday life.
She said: “NRAS is close to our hearts. This is a devastating, debilitating, incurable disease that means your immune system attacks your own body, mostly the joints, but other areas too such as lungs and eyes.
“It can cause tremendous fatigue that can leave sufferers physically and emotionally drained.”
Stephanie has childhood memories of having to help her mum dress in the mornings, tie her shoe laces in public and lift the kettle every time she wanted a cup of tea.
Despite training for the bike ride to raise money for the charity, Stephanie and Lewis didn’t quite realise how tough the task they had set themselves was going to be.
Stephanie said: “It turns out the Isle of Wight is really hilly!
“We knew it was before hand but we don’t really have any comparable hills to practice on so despite lots of training some of them still came as a bit of a shock!
“Lewis came off his bike about seven miles in and ended up cycling the rest with soft tissue and nerve damage.”
Lewis’ injury wasn’t the only issue they dealt with as Stephanie buckled her rear wheel and with about 15 miles to go the couple were caught in a hail storm.
Stephanie has been amazed by the generosity of the public who have so far helped the pair raise over £1,500.
She said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated - you have made a big difference.
“Raising awareness of the support that NRAS can provide was our main goal but we have ended up smashing out target and raising a considerable sum of money too!”
You can still donate to the cause by visiting www.justgiving.com/iowbike
The couple are now thinking about a longer ride across Europe in the summer after conquering the Isle of Wight.