Cash for deaf children

Holmfirth man Graham Purdam has raised £2,800 for deaf children with a gruelling charity cycle ride.

Mr Purdam, 67, tackled a 325km cycle across Brazil to raise the cash for the National Deaf Children's Society.

He is one of 1,500 courageous cyclists to have tackled the challenge since the NDCS set it up in 1997.

Mr Purdam said: "This was a real personal challenge for me.

"It was hard work but such an adventure and I am delighted that I have raised money for deaf children and their families."

The Brazil bike ride was not the first charity cycle event that Mr Purdam has completed.

In April 2005, he and friend Anna Skibinska, 32, cycled 500 miles along the Garden Route in South Africa with 38 other fundraisers.

Together, the cyclists raised £100,000 for the National Deaf Society.

Alex Brooks-Johnson, of the NDCS, said the charity was grateful to people like Mr Purdam.

She said: "Every day in the UK three babies are born deaf and 90% are born to hearing parents.

"The NDCS is the only UK charity dedicated to the support of deaf children, their families and professionals.

"The Society is funded almost entirely through public donations. None of our work would be possible without the commitment of people like Graham."

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