Sam in marathon effort for Dame Vera Lynn Trust School

Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor

A former student is gearing up to complete an arm­cycle half ­marathon to raise money for charity.

Sam Taylor, 27, from Sutton Road, Seaford, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

He is challenging himself to raise money for the Dame Vera Lynn Trust School at Ingfield Manor near Billingshurst, which he said helped make him ‘the person I am today’.

Sam will cycle for 20km on an exercise bike in four 30 minute sessions of 5km during April at Active Gym, Eastbourne, which provides people with disabilities the chance to use gym equipment.

Sam said: “Ingfield Manor was such an important part of my life and one that made me the person who I am today. I don’t know where I would be without all their help and support.”

The school offers parents and children the opportunity to learn daily living skills together using the principles of conductive education – the development of learning geared to each individual child.

Staff at the school are currently helping around 80 families and in addition support families with babies and children under the age of five with cerebal palsy and other motor learning difficulties.

When Sam was aged 11 he made the decision to go into mainstream education at Seaford Head Community College before going on to study at Sussex Downs College and the University of Brighton.

He added: “I am extremely excited and focused to achieve my goal and to raise funds for this charity that is very close to my heart because it set me up for a life of possibilities.”