Broken knee is no obstacle for Mr Burns

Tom Burns SUS-150402-145409001
Tom Burns SUS-150402-145409001

An Eastbourne man is refusing to let a shattered kneecap get in the way of his fundraising efforts as he prepares to take part in a cycling challenge for Chestnut Tree House.

Back in June, Tom Burns set off on an awe-inspiring trip, attempting to cycle the entire coast of Great Britain to raise funds for the children’s hospice.

However, after six days, tragedy struck. Tom was cycling through the Isle of Sheppey, in Kent, when he was knocked off his bike by a van that did not stop. With a shattered knee and a crumpled bike, Tom was forced to halt his challenge and return to Eastbourne to undergo surgery on his knee.

It has taken several months to recover, and there have been many set-backs along the way, but Tom is now more determined than ever to achieve his goal. He is still hoping to take on a cycling challenge for Chestnut Tree and, as part of his training and to boost his fundraising, he will be spending Saturday, February 7 on a turbo trainer at Black Bikes in Eastbourne.

The team at Black Bikes will be setting up a custom bike next to Tom for customers to try out and to help encourage him. There will also be two guest DJs supporting the event and Black Bikes will be running special offers for one day only.

Tom will be raising funds for Chestnut Tree, the children’s hospice service for East Sussex. The charity cares for children with life shortening conditions and their families, giving them the chance to live life to the full - for as much time as they have together.

On hearing about the charity, Tom decided he would like to raise £6,850, enough money to pay for all the care services, both at the hospice and out in the community, for a single day.

When asked why he chose Chestnut Tree House Tom said, “I was keen to raise money for a local charity and wanted the funds to be used for something tangible. By paying for a day’s care, anyone who supports me can know that they have made a real difference to a family’s life.”

Tom will be on the turbo trainer from 10am until 5pm on Saturday at Black Bikes, outside the Enterprise Centre in Eastbourne.

Members of the public are invited to pop in and show their support or sponsor him on the day or online via his justgiving page at www.just