A GORING man who is cycling 850 miles for charity expects to finish his ride this weekend.
Tom Smith set off from Paris to Florence two weeks ago to raise money for Myasthenic Kids.
He chose the charity as his four-year-old daughter Florence suffers from congenital myasthenia, a condition that causes muscle weakness and tiredness.
So far, he has raised just over £8,000 towards his £10,000 target.
His total was boosted this week by a £1,000 donation from the Gatehampton Trust, which is based in Goring.
Mr Smith has been posting regular updates on his progress via Twitter.
Yesterday, he announced he had crossed Italy’s Appenine mountains and was nearing his destination.
He tweeted: “Arrived in Sarzana with a burnt head, akin to a beetroot. My Latin skin is not used to any sunshine at all. Covered 85 miles Under 100 to go.
“After today I feel I have broken the back of it. Should get to Florence with two morning rides.”
Because it is such a rare condition, there are only four centres in the world which specialise in congenital myasthenia.
One of these is the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, which Florence attends several times a year for check-ups.
Myasthenic Kids, the children’s offshoot of the Myasthenia Gravis Association, provides support for families affected by the disease and funds research into new treatments.