Daughters stories inspires Worcester graduate to brave charity cycle - The Worcester Observer

Daughters stories inspires Worcester graduate to brave charity cycle

Worcester Editorial 5th May, 2024   0

A UNIVERSITY of Worcester graduate will be braving a 200-mile cycle challenge across some of the UKs most challenging terrains to raise cash for a charity which has helped his family through some of their toughest moments.

Tony Frobisher will soon be climbing Scafell Pike and then cycling 200 miles to climb Mount Snowdon to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The 55-year-old began fundraising in 2007 after his triplet daughters were born prematurely, with his daughter Jewel passing away at just 17 days old.

His second daughter, Mila had severe cerebral palsy and often received respite care at Acorns Children’s Hospice, but in 2016 she became ill and passed away aged just ten.

Tony’s other triplet daughter, Louisa, is now 18.

Louisa, who is blind in one eye and autistic, has raised more than £3,000 for Acorns by running around Worcester’s Pitchcroft Racecourse and climbing the Malvern Hills.

Tony already counts the London Marathon, a cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, climbing Kilimanjaro and a trek to Everest among his accomplishments.

He visited his old University of Worcester last year for a professional ‘bike fit’, where experts examined his riding goals, his history, his anatomy, and his position on his bike to optimise his performance.

He has since been taking part in tests to see how much of a difference his training has been making.

He said: “I’ve been coming along to have analysis done on various physical aspects of my body, from my respiratory system to my blood, to assess my fitness.

“Then that data has been used to give me the right pointers for fuelling myself and carrying out my training.”

“I’ve definitely noticed my stamina is much-improved thanks to a better fuelling strategy, and following this round of treadmill testing I’ve learned my overall body fat has decreased.

“I haven’t set a firm date yet, there have been niggles here and there, a few injuries, but I’m hoping to go in the middle of June now.

“I’m feeling confident in terms of my fitness, but the challenge is really, really tough.”

So far, he has raised over £1,100 of his £2,000 target.

Visit www.justgiving.com/page/twopeakstwopedals to donate.

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