A man who was expected never to walk has completed a triathlon – and raised more than £1,300 for charity.
Andrew Allison, 35, was born two months prematurely and has cerebral palsy.
His parents were told he would never walk or talk.
But he has completed a 400-metre swim, 20-kilometre cycle and a five-kilometre run to raise money for the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, where his mum Pat, 63, is the manager and co-ordinator.
Delighted Pat said: “We are all extremely proud of him and he is ecstatic to have completed it.”
Andrew, who also has autism and learning difficulties, has made his parents Pat and dad Robert, 59, extra proud.
We are all extremely proud of him and he is ecstatic to have completed itPat Allison, mum of triathlete Andrew Allison
She said her son had a team of backers behind him, but the triathlon was “physically and mentally a lot harder and more challenging for someone with Andrew’s condition”.
Andrew completed the challenge at the David Lloyd Leisure Club, at the Tees Barrage, with personal trainer Simon James Hunter, his family and friends including mum Pat, dad Robert, Mikey Gatenby, 23, and Jamie Allison, 32, roaring him on.
And he did it in a fantastic two hours, 34 minutes and 30 seconds.
Pat added: “We would like to express our gratitude to all family, friends, his personal trainer, everyone at the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, and a big thank you to all those who donated and supported Andrew throughout this great challenge.”
After Andrew was born two months prematurely, medical experts said he would never walk or talk.
But he fought back, and by the time he was a young man, he had learned to get around.
Then came a setback in 2010 when he suffered a serious illness which affected his mobility.
Andrew fought back again and, even though he is still unsteady on his feet, he does not let setbacks get in the way.
He began going to the Thornaby gym where his cousin Simon James Hunter is a personal trainer, to build up his mobility.
Andrew spent the past five months building up strength, muscle endurance and his cardiovascular threshold to help him tackle the triathlon.