Parkinson’s tandem ride on Fathers’ Day for Stuart and Steven

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A FATHER and son team are getting in gear for Parkinsons UK.

On the Fathers Day, Stuart Bussey and his son Steven will be completing a 60 mile cycle ride on a tandem as part of Pedal for Parkinsons.

Stuart, of Teasel Close, Rugby, said: “This will be our first time either of us have been on a tandem and while Steven is an accomplished mountain bike rider, I suffer from Parkinsons and have never ridden more than 30 miles!

“To do 60 miles on a borrowed tandem will be a challenge for both us - for me just to keep going and for Steven (at the back) to trust my bike handling skills.”

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s in May 2009, Stuart said he tries hard to keep on going and doing everything as normal.

“Sometimes I just have to admit it is not possible and realise my disability,” he added.

“Parkinsons UK provides great support and encouragement to me and many other sufferers.”

The duo want to help Parkinsons UK and the work it promotes, increase awareness and support research into what Stuart describes as a ‘maddening illness’.

He added: “Here is an opportunity to provide funds to an organisation that supports us and helps fund research into a cure.”

The cycle is on June 19 in Stratford and people can donate by visiting