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Brain injured Oli takes on 1,000-mile Monte Carlo cycle challenge

PUBLISHED: 19:08 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:33 05 October 2010

BRAIN injury survivor Oli Herz is cycling 1,000 miles to Monte Carlo—inspired by Team GB's cycling success this week in the Beijing Olympics. He aims to raise £25,000 for the unique Headway East London charity—that's £25 a mile!

BRAIN injury survivor Oli Herz is cycling 1,000 miles to Monte Carlo—inspired by Team GB’s cycling success this week in the Beijing Olympics, writes Dean Harding.

He aims to raise £25,000 for the unique Headway East London charity—that’s £25 a mile!

Oli sets off from the charity’s Bradbury House centre by the Regent’s Canal bridge at Kingsland-road in Haggerston on September 2, accompanied by Headway’s East London chairman Richard Morrison.

The intrepid pair expect to be in Monte Carlo 11 days later on September 13.

Money they raise is being used to take on a family support coordinator and an outreach worker.

“For me to be able to attempt the grueling 1,000 miles to Monte Carlo in the sweltering heat and uneven terrain is a real challenge,” Oli admits.

“But a few blisters and a sore bottom for a charity close to my heart is nothing compared to what I faced when I had my injury on a bike 10 years ago.”

Oli was a manager at a small housing co-operative in Camden Town in north London when he was run over by a van while cycling home in 1998.

He was a year off work from his brain injury before returning on a part-time basis—but was unable to manage and had to leave a year later.

He got another part time job with Islington housing department, but again was still not managing and was medically retired in 2002.

Oli has attended Headway East London for five years, first as a recovery patient, now as a volunteer—and cycling fundraiser.

www.headwayeastlondon.org

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