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Miracle Stafford man gets on his bike to Wales to pull in pounds for Headway charity

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

By Sarah Marshall

CHALLENGE COMPLETE...Neal Evans.

CHALLENGE COMPLETE...Neal Evans.

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STAFFORD miracle man Neal Evans fought his way through wind and rain to ride his bike 106 miles, from Stafford to Barmouthin a single day.

It was a major challenge for Mr Evans, of Highfield Grove, who set himself the ambitious goal to pull in pounds for brain charity Headway South Staffordshire.

Six years ago the former firefighter was left in a coma after falling from the roof of his home.

The 50-year-old dad-of-three had to learn to walk again and endured months of hospital treatment, including help from Headway.

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Since then he has taken on numerous charity challenges, including running the Stafford Half Marathon.

Last week Mr Evans set off from Stafford Fire Station at 8am and despite tough conditions he arrived in Barmouth at 7pm on a bike bought from Back to Bikes.

But his motivation for completing the challenge from Stafford Fire Station to Barmouth was in honour of friends who did the same for him.

"Ten of my colleagues did the same route in September 2008 to raise money for two charities and my family. At the time they organised it I was only just out of a coma.

"I also wanted to raise sponsorship for South Staffs Headway, an organisation which greatly assisted my recovery, and getting back from the dark places I had been."

Mr Evans is now a support worker with Voyage Care, which supports people with learning disabilities .

To make a donation, call 01785 257462.

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