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Richie Skinner and his daughter Lola.
Richie Skinner and his daughter Lola.

A dad from Seaford had to learn a new skill for a charity challenge.

Richie Skinner, of Diamond Jubilee Place, was inspired by his daughter Lola who has a very severe form of arthertoid cerebral palsy.

The two-year-old is supported by the charity Whoopsadaisy which runs classes which focus on motor skills.

Richie, 47, was speaking to friends about the issues children with cerebral palsy and similar conditions have to face every day regarding their coordination, motor skills and balance.

He added, “I happened to say that every day would be like trying to unicycle for the first time and that kind of stuck.”

The challenge was then set and Richie bought a unicycle and spent weeks practising ahead of the event on Sunday September 8.

The father-of-one, who works at the Wound Healing Centre in Eastbourne, was filmed in Seaford on the unicycle travelling 50 feet unaided.

He said, “I’ve been covered in bruises most of the time. It’s very physical, all the balance comes from the legs and the core.

“My back ached constantly.

“I cut the back of my leg and there’s a nasty scar from that but it was worth it.”

The father-of-one, who was sponsored by his work colleagues for the fundraiser, said he has boosted the charity’s coffers by around £1,000.

He is now hoping to take part in the challenge again but to travel the distance of a half marathon or further and support another charity connected to cerebral palsy.

Whoopsadaisy runs services for children up to the age of 12 with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy and other motor disorders.

It aims to develop children’s independence, confidence and self-esteem, through the provision of a system of learning called conductive education.

Richie said it costs around £3,000 to cover the cost of running the classes for each child for a year.

To find out more about the charity go to: www.whoopsadaisy.org

If you would like to donate to the cause go to: www.justgiving.com/richie skinner

Richie is hoping to get sponsorship or funds for his next charity challenge and is keen to hear from any businesses that may be able to lend him a unicycle. He can be contacted at: richieskinner@gmail.com