A 48-year-old man from Halifax, is leading a national awareness campaign for a charity that supports people who rely on artificial nutrition through tube feeding - by doing a bespoke home-based cycling challenge.
The charity - PINNT - was set up to support patients like Gary who need artificial nutrition. Each year, they run an awareness campaign called Home Artificial Nutrition Week (HAN Week).
Gary, who has lived in Halifax for 24 years, has relied on artificial nutrition since he had an operation to remove a benign tumour from his neck in 2016. He is leading the charity's awareness week with a 375 mile off-road cycling challenge using Zwift bike technology in his own home.
He set off on Tuesday (August 4) and aims to complete the challenge by cycling from 9.00am - 4.30pm.
Gary's wife Colette has every faith he will complete the mammoth challenge.
I was always planning to do an on-road bike challenge to raise awareness of PINNT during this week but my plans were completely derailed by the coronavirus outbreak! This is a real challenge for me as I am not a natural cyclist and for such a long challenge I need to think really carefully about my artificial nutrition and make sure that I am properly fueled.
Last year Gary completed the London Marathon to help PINNT after they had helped him.
As well as having completed the London Marathon, Gary has also completed the Yorkshire Marathon, the Yorkshire Three Peaks and The Great North Run all while managing his nutrition on the go. He plans to undertake more challenges to raise awareness, including global marathons, a sky dive and a coast to coast walk from Blackpool to Bridlington.
It is a real privilege to be a PINNT ambassador and to raise awareness in this way. Without PINNT, people like me would not get the support we need to help us go on to achieve our own goals. PINNT gives you the opportunity to meet other people who are tube fed and share worries and fears and hopes and dreams with them.