Hatfield cyclists raise money for disabled meningitis victim

LITTLE Marshall Janson lost both of his arms and legs after a serious case of meningitis 18 months ago.

He’s since made a full recovery, but now needs prosthetic limbs to help him lead a normal life.

They’re very expensive yet, thanks to the efforts of a team of cyclists from Times Territory, his family are now �4,500 closer to buying him the artificial arms and legs he needs.

Hatfield residents Dave Lawrence and Chris Beck, together with Tony Southern from Essex, raised the cash by taking part in a gruelling cycle ride along the south coast of England.

The challenge started in Deal, in Kent, and finished more than 400 miles and seven days later in Truro, Cornwall.

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The trio were joined for the last leg of the ride, from Plymouth to Truro, by Chris Badel, also from Hatfield, and were accompanied throughout the ride by support drivers Debbie Lawrence and Sharon Selfe.

Debbie, the wife of Dave, said she was “overwhelmingly proud” of the team.

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“I followed them in a van all the way, so I saw how hard they had to dig in every day to find the reserves to do what they did,” the 55-year-old said.

Debbie, of St Etheldreda’s Drive, described her nephew Marshall as a “very social” little boy. She added: “He has the right, as every child does, to be able to grow and experience mobility as every child should.”

Marshall, who is now two-and-a-half years-old, lives in Perranporth in Cornwall with his parents Stephanie and Moss.

For more information about the fund set up to help buy Marshall’s prosthetic limbs, or to make a donation, click on the link, right

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