Tony Briggs cycles non-stop for 12 hours in aid of poorly godson

HE did it!

Fundraiser Tony Briggs cycled non-stop for a mammoth 12 hours to raise funds for a poorly boy.

Thomas Hunter, holding son Leo, with (left to right) son Thomas, Tony Briggs on the bike, Nicola Connor from Gym 360 and Leo's mum Fay Burnham

Thomas Hunter, holding son Leo, with (left to right) son Thomas, Tony Briggs on the bike, Nicola Connor from Gym 360 and Leo's mum Fay Burnham

The Mail told last week how Tony, 42, was taking part in a static bike ride for his two-year-old godson Leo Hunter.

The ride is part of a campaign being backed by the gym Tony attends, Peterlee-based Gym360, which is helping Horden youngster Leo who has a medical condition which means he has to be fed through a tube into his stomach.

Tony, who is married to Jane, 38, and dad to Charlotte, 11, Luke, 10, and Aaron, 14, tackled the mammoth feat at Asda Peterlee, where he works with Leo’s dad Thomas Hunter, 25.

It was a huge success, and Tony managed to rake in more than £1,700 in donations on the day for Leo, who has already had six operations in his short lifetime.

Along with a raffle and other charity initiatives by Asda colleagues, Tony has helped to raise a massive £3,000 in total for Leo.

Leo has only just been allowed home after a three-month stay at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where medics fitted him with a central line to administer food.

Thomas, and Leo’s mum Faye Burnham, 24, are now hopeful that the funds raised from the event will allow them to spend more time with him during the next stage of treatment, at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Faye, who is also mum to four-year-old Tom, said: “I’m so grateful to Tony for doing this for us.

“The support we have received from Tony, Nicola, Gym360 and the Asda team has been amazing and a massive thanks to everyone who has donated so far.”

Nicola Connor of Gym360 said: “Tony has been a star.

“He hasn’t had much opportunity to train with the school holidays, so managing 12 hours was even more impressive.”

Faye added: “There’s a long way to go but we are looking to hold other fundraising events to help Leo get the best possible care and support in the coming 12 months.”

Nicola, who is managing the Leo Hunter fundraising campaign said more information could be found at www.facebook.com/leohunterfund

She added that readers wishing to donate could do so online at www.gofundme.com/leohunter