29-year-old OTW volunteer, Leanne Richardson from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire has clocked-up an amazing 100km in the Glasgow Nightrider challenge in June in support of Over The Wall.
Over The Wall is close to Leanne’s heart having seen for herself the positive impact it has on youngsters with health challenges and disabilities.
Leanne says: “I wish I’d known about the camps when I was younger as I think they would’ve really helped me and my family. They give kids and families who are affected by isolation and an inability to have everyday fun the chance to participate in games and activities. It makes such a difference in their lives.”
Having lived with epilepsy since her early teen years, Leanne experienced a prolonged seizure four years ago. A period of intense rehabilitation followed to allow Leanne to walk again properly, due to being left with a partial weakness to the left side of her body.
Sharing how the incident changed her life and helped discover her love of two wheels, Leanne adds: “As part of my recovery it was recommended that I do some cycling on a static bike to build up my strength. I hadn’t really cycled at all before that point. To be honest, I had no interest in cycling… but it was then it started to become a huge part of my life.”
Leanne successfully completed the Glasgow Nightrider on 22 June and smashed her target of raising £200 – so far she has raised more than £400 and you can still donate to Over The Wall via her fundraising page, here.