MP in charity cycle ride

WETHERBY’S MP Alec Shelbrooke will take to the saddle this month to raise money for a local epilepsy charity - and is inviting others to join him.

Mr Shelbrooke is taking part in the 10-mile Wetherby cycle ride to raise funds for Lee’s Smile, a charity which was set up by the family of former Collingham resident Lee Johnson, 24, who died unexpectedly of an epilepsy attack in December 2010. Lee’s parents, Simon and Vicky, set up the charity to raise awareness and support research into Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).

Simon Johnson said: “The pain of losing a child is something no parent should be subject to.

“Having just landed his dream job coaching soccer in the US, Lee went to bed a happy guy, but never woke up.

“We’re determined that Lee didn’t die in vain, and since his death have campaigned relentlessly to raise awareness of epilepsy, as well as raising funds into this terrible condition.”

Mr Shelbrooke has also decided to take part in the challenge after a number of cyclists in his constituency contacted him following a national ‘Cities fit for Cycling’ campaign by The Times Newspaper.

The ride, on Saturday March 31, will start in Wetherby’s Market Square at 10am.

The route will go through Collingham, Wattle Syke, Boston Spa and Walton before returning to Wetherby.