Published: 10 Sep 2014

A member of staff at Jennings Ford, part of the Jennings Motor Group, is taking part in a sponsored bike ride with his dedicated 10-year-old son, who suffers from a condition that restricts movement and feeling to his left arm.

Paul Dodds, from Consett, will be taking time out from his place of work as a workshop controller at Jennings Ford’s Eslington Park dealership in Gateshead, to take part in the 174-mile Hadrian’s Way coast to coast bike ride with his son Troy, who suffers from Erb’s Palsy.  

The condition, which is as a result of birth trauma, affects primary nerves that supply movement and feeling to the arm. 

From the tender age of five months, Troy underwent nerve grafts at Leeds University Hospital and at the age of four, he also endured a tendon transfer to help improve his condition.

Despite currently waiting for his third operation, which is expected to take place at Leeds University Hospital before Christmas, the courageous and kind hearted youngster was determined he wanted to take part in a challenge and at the same time raise money and awareness for Erb’s Palsy Group, a national support group for children and adults with the same condition.

Having tried a number of sporting activities, including swimming, surfing and riding his scooter, his favourite is riding his mountain bike. 

Troy said; “I wanted to do something challenging to raise money for the Erb’s Palsy Group and because mountain biking is my favourite sport, I came up with the idea of a sponsored bike ride.”

In preparation for the event, Troy and his father have completed several 60-mile bike rides throughout the region. 

Troy added: “I am very excited for my big challenge ahead.  I get a real buzz when I read a message from somebody who has kindly donated.”

The three-day charity bike ride will see Troy and his father cycle from Glannaventa Roman Bath House in Ravenglass and head northwards along the Cumbrian coast to Solway coast before heading east from Bowness-on-Solway to Carlisle, through the Northumberland National Park and along the River Tyne to Tynemouth.

Troy’s father, Paul, said; “Troy has never let his disability stop him from trying new sports.  We are immensely proud of his determination and the fact that he wants to help other youngsters and families who suffer from the same condition.”

If you would like to sponsor Troy and help raise money for Erb’s Palsy, visit justgivingLisaDodds

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