TT star Guy Martin raising funds for injured Penrith man

Guy Martin with Michael Bonney Credit:

TT star Guy Martin, alongside endurance mountain biker Jason Miles, is taking on the challenge of riding the UK's two coast-to-coast routes, as well as every mountain biking '7stanes' red route along the way.

Across the route from Scotland to Northern Ireland, Guy and Jason will be joined by the friends of Michael Bonney, a Penrith man who was paralysed following a mountain bike accident.

All funds raised through the adventure will go the 'Ride for Michael Trust', which aims to provide a special 'Functional Electrical Stimulation' bike which Michael will be able to pedal.

A donation page for the Ride for Michael Trust explains Michael's story:

On March 3rd 2013, while taking part in his local Eden Valley sportive, Michael Bonney fell off his bike, just like we all do. Only this time, instead of jumping up and laughing it off, Michael suffered a life changing injury. Attended to by doctors at the scene of the accident, he was then flown by air ambulance to a specialist unit where he was diagnosed with a complete injury to the spinal cord at the C3 vertebrae. The result is that Michael is now tetraplegic - paralysed from the neck down, requiring a ventilator to breathe.

– The 'Help Michael to Pedal Again' GoFundMe page

You can find more information about the Ride for Michael Trust here.