FRIENDS of a Scarborough man who hopes to raise £20,000 to pay for a life-changing operation are taking part in a sponsored bike ride this weekend in a bid to boost the fund.
The group of fundraisers will wear fancy dress for the effort, which will see them cycle from Sainsbury’s park in Falsgrave to Whitby and back along the old railway track at 9am on Saturday, to raise money for 28-year-old Sam Rhodes.
Sam of Northstead, has been left in constant pain for more than two years due to severe spinal problems. As a result he is unable to work and has had to put his life and PhD on hold.
A therapy has now been found which can help treat his condition by replacing damaged discs in his spine with artificial ones, stopping further disc degeneration by recreating the natural alignment, movement and loading of the spine.
People immediately began chipping in for the cost of his care and a Facebook group - Save Sam’s Spine - was set up.
The bike ride is just one of many events his friends have arranged to help raise money. Other events include parachute jumps, bungee jumps, a dedicated shop on eBay where people can donate unwanted items for the cause.
Now, with Sam’s own fundraising, the campaign is already approaching £10,000.