Chepstow teen pedals 1,000 miles for gran

South Wales Argus: CHALLENGE: Teenager Jess Taylor pictured with her Dad, left, and above on her bike ride. Inset, the inspiration for the challenge, grandmnother Sandra Wanless CHALLENGE: Teenager Jess Taylor pictured with her Dad, left, and above on her bike ride. Inset, the inspiration for the challenge, grandmnother Sandra Wanless

IT'S A challenge which any adult would find daunting but all Chepstow teenager Jess Taylor needed was the inspiration of her grandmother to cycle 1,000 miles for charity.

The 13-year-old, of Beachley , raised more than £1,600 for Parkinson's UK after completing the challenge to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

This was after her grandmother Sandra Wanless was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2006, aged 59.

Jess, who attends school in Stroud, Gloucestershire, trained regularly by cycling the 30 miles from her home to school in preparation for the challenge.

Cycling alongside her dad, Paul Taylor, 41, she started her journey on April 5 and finished on April 19.

She said: “I cycled for my grandmother who has Parkinson’s and I’m very happy that dad and I completed the challenge.”

“Gran said I’d be emotional at the finish but I said I’d be ok. I did though shed a few tears as I was so happy to complete the cycle ride and to be able to help her.”

“I can't remember a time when gran didn’t have Parkinson’s. l guess it's just part of her personality to me, but I do know that her Parkinson’s symptoms will get worse. When that happens l want a cure to be there waiting for her. I know so many people with Parkinson’s, not just my grandmother, and they are not all old.”

The teenager was diagnosed with cyclical vomiting syndrome at the age of 11 while at boarding school. The condition causes prolonged attacks of severe vomiting with no apparent cause. She was supported by her grandmother and said she is glad to be able to do something to help her.

“The cycle was one the biggest challenges I have ever taken on and I can now say 'I've done that'.”

To add to the fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/Paul-Taylor70

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