Accrington Stanley have been thanked for going the extra mile in a teenager’s fundraising challenge.

Jason Hencher, 14, is cycling 60 miles over six weeks on his adapted bike – hoping to raise thousands of pounds towards Jason’s Wheels Community Trust cycling sessions.

Jason, who lives in Church and is the inspiration behind Jason’s Wheels, has been cycling for 90 minutes, three days a week to raise the money towards an adapted Fun 2 Go cycle, for use by local children with their disabilities and their families.

Jason is non-verbal and has complex needs due to a unique chromosome abnormality and his mum Louise Bettles says the special custom cycle he has had since December 2017 is his lifeline.

She said: “We have seen first hand what the cycle has given Jason in terms of his physical health. But also his mental wellbeing. His confidence has grown so much and opened his world up to new adventures. He loves it.

“The cycle has also brought lots of people into Jason’s life, anyone can cycle by his side, be it adult or friend.

“It really has broken down barriers. With so many activities separated between able and disabled, cycling is truly inclusive.”

The young Stanley season ticket holder’s cycling challenge - which he has now upped from 50 miles to 60 - was due to finish on Friday (August 7) and to date he has raised just over £1,000.

Each leg of the challenge has set off from the Reds’ ground, which Jason loves, and the club have been a huge support.

Jason, whose stepdad is Andrew Whitaker, even keeps his bike in storage at Stanley, while managing director David Burgess has pedalled 150 miles to help raise funds.

Louise, 42, added: “A lot of the supporters at Stanley have got behind Jason.

“From a mum’s point of view, how he has been treated there by people melts my heart. He’s a part of something.

“He just loves it, and they’re so good to him.

“As always the support of our community is brilliant.”

Louise says the Broadfield Specialist School pupil has missed out on so much during lockdown, especially with school being closed.

She added: “Without school, kids like Jason are missing out on physio and all the movement and therapies.

“It’s such a massive routine change for him, and we cannot explain it to him.

“That’s the one thing we have found with cycling. We can do it together, we can all get on a bike and cycle with him.

“He used to have meltdowns and wasn’t happy in busy places, but now he’s met so many people. He goes to Stanley now and he’s out waving at people.”

She added: “We are really proud of him and how far he has come in the last year or so through Jason’s Wheels, and the change in him as well. He’s so sociable.

To donate visit the Jason's Wheels gofundme page. Morrison’s at Great Harwood are also collecting in store.

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