From Hull and back by bike for friend’s charity cause

Neil Dawson, who snapped his spine in a workplace accident 11 years ago, is cycling the full length of the M62 motorway from Hull to Liverpool and back for charity - almost 200 miles non-stop. Mr Dawson, who underwent months of rehabilitation for the horrific injury, is taking the challenge to support Candy Nicholson, who is climbing Mt Kilamonjaro to raise cash for a charity helping people with a rare brain condition. Candy is recovering well after life-changing brain surgery last year to help her live with the incurable condition.
Neil Dawson, who snapped his spine in a workplace accident 11 years ago, is cycling the full length of the M62 motorway from Hull to Liverpool and back for charity - almost 200 miles non-stop. Mr Dawson, who underwent months of rehabilitation for the horrific injury, is taking the challenge to support Candy Nicholson, who is climbing Mt Kilamonjaro to raise cash for a charity helping people with a rare brain condition. Candy is recovering well after life-changing brain surgery last year to help her live with the incurable condition.

A man who made an amazing recovery after snapping his spine in an accident at work will pedal from Hull to Liverpool and back for charity.

Brave Neil Dawson, who suffered a horrific back injury 11 years ago, will cycle almost 200 miles in 24 hours, parallelling the M62, to help people with a rare brain condition.

Mr Dawson, 39, of Denhale Avenue, is supporting Candy Nicholson in her bid to climb Mt Kilamanjaro.

Mrs Nicholson suffers from Arnold Chiari Malformation, known as Chiari, but underwent brain surgery last September to relieve the excruciating pain and health problems caused by the condition.

Now she is raising cash for the Ann Conroy Trust, the only charity which helps Chiari sufferers.

Mr Dawson will set off from Hull at around 6.30am on May 8, arriving in Liverpool around 12 hours later before making the return journey with no sleep.

He said: “I am looking forward to the challenge. It should be fun. The route has never been done.”

Mr Dawson is still on pain killers after his accident, which happened on a building site in Elgin, Scotland.

He was in hospital for around 10 weeks before sleeping on a mattress in his garage for six months when he cold not get upstairs.

He said: “I was very lucky. If it had been one millimetre either side I would have ended up in a wheelchair.

“My doctor always says I am just one of these people who is quick to mend. From playing rugby and football and falling off my bike I don’t think there’s anything I haven’t broken.”

Ahead of her walk, Mrs Nicholson has been helped by donors including Go Outoors in Middlestown, which gave £1,000 of walking equipment. Total Fitness gave her a personal trainer and tailored an exercise regime.

She said: “A lot of doctors have no idea what Chiari is.

“It affects so many people but a lot of us get misdiagnosed and told we have just got a migraine.”

To sponsor Candy and Neil visit www.justgiving.com/candy-nicholson