Anthony Claypole will be cycling from his home in Barry to Tenby, West Wales, to raise money for the National Autistic Society, dedicating his journey to his son and nephew who are both autistic.
Anthony has struggled with his health through recent years, having been diagnosed with inflammation of the heart in November 2019, a condition doctors warned him would be life-long and left him feeling “written off”.
Rather than accept this fate, Anthony overhauled his life and made massive changes to his diet and exercise regime, embarking on a journey to take control of his life and, in his words, “heal” himself.
One of the main things Anthony did on his road to recovery was to take up cycling, purchasing a bicycle on February 18th and clocking up over 1,000 miles since then, climbing nearly 50,000 feet.
Now, after completing 40, 50 and 70 mile bike rides, Anthony has set himself the challenge of completing 100 miles, travelling from Barry to Tenby to raise money for the National Autistic Society.
The dedicated Vale man is doing this for his son, Archie and nephew, Leo, who are both autistic as well as, in his own words, “all the other children and adults out there who live with this on a day-to-day basis.”
The National Autistic Society aims to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. They believe that there is “still so much to do to increase opportunities, reduce social isolation and build a brighter future for autistic people.”
Anthony has set up a JustGiving page to for people to donate to the cause and is aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity with his fundraiser. So far, at the time of writing, he has raised 18% of his target and hopes to complete the challenge in June. You can find out more and support Anthony by visiting his JustGiving page, here.