Roy, 65, who worked for Delaine for 20 years, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease 18 months ago and can now barely move or speak. He is being cared for at home in Elsea Park by wife Joy.
Roy’s three sons-in-law – Danny Fowler, Adam Lees and Michael O’Sullivan – are currently training for a coast-to-coast bike ride to raise funds for The Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Danny and Adam will be joined by a group of friends including fellow Warners Midlands employees Ben Issitt, Kevin Haw & Mark Lynch. The journey begins on Friday, September 23, when the team will set off from Whitehaven, Cumbria towards Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. The Coast to Coast Challenge which will see them climb up to 1,900ft above sea level in the Pennines, is expected to take three days.
Danny & Adam are married to Roy’s daughters Shelley and Kerrie. Danny said the group have been training hard for the challenge and hopes to raise at least £5,000 through sponsorship.
He said: “When Roy fell ill initially it was thought he’d had a stroke, but he was later diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
“Around 18 months ago he was very active and in good health, but now he’s bed-ridden, unable to speak and has extremely limited mobility. We decided we’d all like to raise some money for The Motor Neurone Disease Association and a coast-to-coast cycle seemed a good idea.
“I did the route two years ago to support Willoughby School and it was horrendous – so tough in fact that I said I’d never do it again. But since Roy has been ill I’ve changed my mind.
“Most of us aren’t particularly keen cyclists, but we’ve been training really hard for the challenge.”
Motor neurone disease is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe.
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