Cystic Fibrosis dad, 50, tackles charity ride
A 50-YEAR-OLD Bishopston Dad is set to become the oldest person with Cystic Fibrosis to tackle the UK’s greatest cycle challenge.
This month, Stuart Priscott will become the oldest person living with Cystic Fibrosis to complete the John O’ Groats to Lands End (JOGLE) bike ride.
Setting off 11 days after turning 50, he and two friends – Matt Theedom and Scott Chappell – will cycle the 874 miles to Lands End with the aim of raising £50,000 on behalf of two charities: The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Chance to Shine, an organisation that promotes cricket in schools and communities.
The three cyclists, who all work within cricket in the south west of England, have come together to honour the memory of Stuart’s sister, Jo, another CF sufferer, who died in late 2018 aged 50.
Stuart, who lives in Bishopston, and is a father of two girls, said: “This is a challenge unthinkable for most of my life. Over the past 50 years I have benefited from amazing medical research and discoveries, excellent health care from the NHS and supportive family and friends. I have experienced first-hand how new drugs and treatments can transform people’s lives.
“Jo was a kind, loving and inspirational sister and friend. As a family we were devastated by her death, which felt untimely so soon after a lung transplant she had waited so long for. It is the way in which she led her life with such passion and vigour that has driven me to take this challenge in my 50th year.
Explaining why he is raising money for the two charities, he continued: “In learning to live with CF I have realised it is not enough to be alive – life is for living and everyone needs a purpose. I was lucky from an early age that I found cricket as an outlet to stay active, meet people and develop friendships, and strive to achieve. In my role at Chance to Shine, I see up close the positive impact sport can have on young people and the way it can be the spur to unlock potential.”
The JOGLE challenge is all the more remarkable for the fact that Stuart did not own a bike until his 49th birthday, when, wanting to give himself the best chance of staying well during the Covid outbreak, he embarked on a new fitness regime. After a long career in cricket coaching and administration – which also included two years as a professional player with Somerset County Cricket Club – he is set to tackle the hardest physical challenge of his life.
Joining Stuart, Matt and Scott on the trip will be colleagues, family and friends, helping to raise money so others can benefit from improved medicines and sporting opportunities.
To read Stuart’s story and to donate please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StuartPriscott