Fundraisers hope to complete triple challenge

Craven Herald: Nathan and Lisa Wrighton, with their son, Connor Nathan and Lisa Wrighton, with their son, Connor

FAMILY and friends will be getting physical to boost the appeal to help little Connor Wrighton to see.

They will be cycling coast-to-coast, rowing the Leeds-Liverpool canal and running a marathon over one weekend - in the foyer of Skipton's Tesco store.

An exercise bike, a treadmill and a rowing machine will be used to cover the three distances, a combined total of almost 300 miles. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, starting at around 10am on both days.

Shoppers at the store will be asked to sponsor the participants or contribute to the appeal for eight-month-old Connor, who doctors think has been blind from birth.

Pioneering stem cell treatment abroad could help him to have some sight and his parents Nathan and Lisa Wrighton, of Branch Road, Skipton,have launched an appeal to raise about £13,000 to pay for treatment, flights and accommodation.

Nathan said: "It's quite a big challenge but there should be 10 of us doing it, so hopefully we can share the burden!

"We're very grateful to Tesco for letting us do the challenge there - they've been really kind and extremely helpful."

He added that more than 300 tickets had been sold for another appeal event, a dinner at Skipton's Rendezvous Hotel on August 22.

Also, Lisa's sister Michelle and her friend Becky are doing a sponsored skydive for the appeal, in Lincolnshire on August 31.

Tesco Community Champion for Skipton, Keith Moorby, said they'd been happy to help and everyone at the store was right behind the challenge.

"This is a great local appeal so there's a huge amount of support for Connor. Hopefully we'll raise a lot of cash over the weekend."

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