One of the UK’s first wheelchair boxers has received a huge amount of support in his fundraising efforts.
Phil Bousfield, of Sychdyn, had a below-the-knee amputation after suffering for many years with the pain of a club foot.
He has since become one of the UK’s first wheelchair boxers in a fight televised on Channel 5 and played for the Welsh national wheelchair rugby team.
The 41-year-old is now training to cycle from Deeside Leisure Centre to Llandudno on June 3, to raise money for the Limbless Association, which provides support for amputees across the UK.
He recently had his prosthetic leg altered ready for the cycle at the Artificial Limb and Appliance Centre in Wrexham, as he said it had been causing him problems.
Mr Bousfield said: “There’s more movement in my leg now and this will help stop blisters forming.
”The training is going really well and I’ve received so much support.”
He has received donations from David Hanson, MP for Delyn, as well as friends, family and businesses across North Wales.
West End Cycles, in Llandudno Junction, has donated a bike for Phil to use when he completes the ride in June.
He added: “It’s stabilised for me to use and it’s an off road bike. It’s absolutely fantastic.
“When you are an amputee you can still ride a bike with the right prospects. I can start riding now and get myself fit ready for the cycle.
“About 40 to 50 people will be joining me which is great. I’m looking forward to it, it will be a really good day.
“The people of Sychdyn have always been so supportive in everything I do.”
Phil’s two daughters, Ellie, nine, and Faye, eight, will join him on the cycle across North Wales, along with Flintshire Cycle Club and students and staff of Buckley Ju Jistu Club.
The Cambrian Band is supporting Phil and will perform at the start of the cycle, at Deeside Leisure Centre, to wish him luck for the big event.
For his next challenge, he hopes to complete the London Marathon next year in a wheelchair.
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