Romsey resident David Newman recently took on the daunting challenge of cycling 1,000 kilometres in just one month to raise funds for Smile4Wessex, a charity that supports work carried out at the Wessex Neurological Centre.

The cause is one close to David’s heart, having suffered a catastrophic stroke in May 2020, and thanks to the skilled staff at the centre and the support from his family, he was able to make a remarkable recovery.

Joined by a number of friends, David took part in several cycle rides across the region to hit his goal, including routes through Test Valley, Anna Valley and the New Forest.

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In total, the group averaged five rides a week when completing the 1,000 km overall distance. With the magic number reached, local choir Romsey Voices will be hosting a concert at the United Reformed Church in Romsey on Saturday June 18, supported by Romsey Youth Children’s Choir and Chamber Choir.

Through the efforts of David, his cycling team and his family who sing in the local choir, it is hoped that over £5,000 will be raised to go towards this worthy cause.

The concert starts at 7pm with no ticket required and refreshments available on the night. Further donations received at the event will also go towards the final sum presented to Smile4Wessex.

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