Action man targets the triple for little James

A charitable hero is set to take on the last of three gruelling events in support of his eight-year-old friend '“ who is battling a severe disease.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 3rd August 2018, 12:33 pm
Updated Friday, 31st August 2018, 5:14 pm
Neil Harper formed a strong bond with eight-year-old James Dodd
Neil Harper formed a strong bond with eight-year-old James Dodd

Neil Harper, of Hemel Hempstead, has already completed the London Marathon, and a two-mile swim, with only the 100-mile London to Surrey bike ride to take on to complete the London Classics Challenge.

Neil’s determination to fundraise began when he met eight-year-old James Dodd, who has a form Mitchondrial (Mito) disease.

The 39-year-old mechanical engineer said of his 100-mile bike challenge: “It is going to be a tough ride but no matter how hard it gets I know the pain is temporary, unlike James and others like him who battle Mito every day.

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“That is what keeps me going in those dark moments when you are starting to doubt yourself.”

Neil has been raising funds for the Lily Foundation, a charity for families affected by Mito since 2016.

Since being involved with the charity he has tackled 30 events including a 100k London-Brighton Marathon and the Three Peaks Challenge.

He added: “They provide a brilliant service for children like James and their families, and fund scientific research to find treatments for a cure.”