A theme park performer from Donington has started some intense training for a 400km bike ride from Vietnam to Cambodia, in memory of her Grandad ‘Poppa’.
Laura Hudson (26), who attended Spalding High School and now works at the Alton Towers resort, will cycle across south-east Asia in March 2017.
She has a huge challenge of raising £3,000 to raise for the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association (PSPA), a small charity that relies on donations to keep going with their research.
PSPA researches PSP and Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) to find a cure and help those suffering with them.
Laura said: “My Grandad lost his six-year fight with PSP and passed away in 2008.
“This is a very personal cause to me.
“None of us had ever heard of PSP when he was diagnosed as it’s so rare so I’m very passionate about raising awareness of this disease.”
Laura has already raised £400 after she went through the extreme obstacle course called Tough Mudder held in Yorkshire in 2014.
“There isn’t a cure for the disease and we watched Grandad deteriorate knowing there was nothing we could do to help,” she added.
In November 2015, she signed up to the ride that will take six exhausting days of cycling for her to go from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
“Vietnam and Cambodia are wonderful places to visit,” she said.