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Ricky Tyler cycles 270 miles from Paris to Peterborough to raise money for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association that supports his niece, Tallulah Tyler, from Bourne

A committed cyclist has cycled 270 miles from Paris to Peterborough for his beloved niece who suffers from a rare genetic illness.

Ricky Tyler, 44, cycled back from the French capital to raise £4,936.83 for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, that has supported Tallulah, 7, of Bourne.

He was joined by Carl Barnes, Matthew Dilley and Alex Garner on the epic ride and the group, who left Paris early on Thursday morning and arrived back in Peterborough on Saturday, have currently raised £4,731.46 for the charity.

Ricky Tyler bike ride Bourne(16065198)
Ricky Tyler bike ride Bourne(16065198)

Ricky, who lives in Hampton, Peterborough and works as a commercial manager at a tyre and breakdown company, said: “It was an experience and pretty tough.

“The first day was hectic because we had to be at Dieppe for the ferry at 5pm.

“The second day was just all through the South Downs so hills and climbing and the third day, everything was sore!

“We’d stopped at a pub in Huntingdon to refill our water bottles when a guy noticed our jerseys and told us that his daughter also suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome which was quite touching.

“I think the whole ride was quite emotional because when it’s something that is close to your heart, then you have got to keep driving on.”

Tallulah, who attends The Willoughby School in Bourne, was born nine weeks early and it was noticed that she was not developing quickly.

Prader-Willi Syndrome affects about 1 in a 100,000 and causes numerous disabilities.

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