Disability made Gio a champion of charity cash

editorial image

A man who lost the use of his legs vowed to compensate by making huge strides in charity fundraising.

Gio Strawbridge, who is wheelchair-bound with Multiple Sclerosis, has single-handedly raised more than £20,000 for seven different charities over the past 10 years.

He has done everything from a sponsored hand-cycle on his ‘upside down’ bike to coffee mornings and raffles.

Last week Gio raised £2,000 with a charity race evening at MK Rugby Club in Emerson Valley.

The proceeds will be split between Willen Hospice and the Army Of Angels charity.

Already he is planning a charity ball for September to raise more cash for Cancer Research and a rheumatoid arthritis charity.

“I started fundraising for charities almost as soon as I was diagnosed with MS. I was determined not to let the 
disease affect my ability to help others,” he said.

“I may not be able to use my legs, but there is an awful lot I can still do!”

Gio organises a couple of charity events each year, picking a different recipient every time.

One sponsored exploit involved pushing himself in a wheelchair-adapted bike for 15 miles round Willen Lake.

He has thanked Wolverton Tesco manager Graham Barnes for supporting his latest event.

He has also thanked his wife Gaynor for her unflagging support.