Two brave little lads in Wigan are battling against little known illnesses. Jack Johnson has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) and Joe Kendrick has Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia (NKH). The significance of "little known illnesses" is that there is generally very little funding for research. I am delighted to be able to assist both causes and hope that my 2013 bike ride can help in some way to increase awareness of these conditions and also maybe raise some funds. 

Each of the youngsters has their own website : -

Jack              "Jack has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, DMD. There is no cure at the moment. We want to find a cure. We're raising money to fund research to find an effective set of treatments to combat this condition. We want to make a difference to this generation of people living with DMD. Thanks to everyone who is supporting us."

Joe              '' Joe has shown us he wants to fight all the way, and we are determined to fight on his behalf to help create awareness of this devastating condition, find better treatments for him and other children with NKH, and, hopefully find a cure."

I would ask anyone following my blog to spare a minute or two and have a look at these websites. 

I have set up an account into which donations can be made (see below). Any payments into this account, together with any cash donations, will be shared equally between the two chosen charities. Please leave your name as a reference. Alternatively, if you wish to donate directly to one or both, you are welcome to do so through their own website. 
Please make your payment into the following First Direct account : -

Thank you. Your donation is very much appreciated and may make a massive difference to the lives of these two little boys and also all others with the same conditions.

NOTE: I will also be making a donation to my favourite Turkish charity F.I.G.

The beneficiaries for the 2012 ride were as follows: -

WIGAN AND LEIGH HOSPICE In their own words "Wigan & Leigh Hospice is a bright, modern building staffed by dedicated, caring professionals and assisted by volunteers; whose sole objective is to provide care, compassion and support for patients living with a life-limiting condition and their loved ones".  

FETHIYE INTERNATIONAL GROUP Again in their own words  To promote the education and welfare of children in the locality of Fethiye, through fund raising and voluntary activities.’


  1. Dear Tom

    We really appreciate what you have been doing for your community in UK and Turkey..God bless you

  2. Mihsanugur,

    Thanks you for your kind comments.


  3. Hi Tom,

    Your achievements are massively appreciated by all involved here at Wigan & Leigh Hospice. Our thoughts are with you with every rotation of the peddle as the finish line grows ever closer.

    All the fundraising team our so proud, not to mention our patients here at the Hospice whom will be the beneficiaries of your kind and well earned support.

    We look forward to seeing you on your return to England when we can also celebrate this outstanding 2,500 mile journey with you in the flesh.

    Take a look at our latest press release - 61-year old tom-kelly to-complete amazing 2,500-charity-bike-ride across-europe

    Thank you so much…

    Danny Hall

    Fundraising Manager
    Wigan & Leigh Hospice

  4. Dear tom we met you on the road of Fethiye we took some pics together .ı hope you remeber me ı wanted to let you kno ıtry to find your page on face book but ı couldn't find ı want to sen our pics to you and you can see the pics on my page (emin oğuz) my mail is .have aggod day and takecare your self bye for now.