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charity MX rider unable to compete in Vets des nations

Richard McKee, who lost eight stone to get in trim to compete in the Vets des Nations, was unable to take part in the event.

MX rider McKee planned to make a comeback to raise money for research into Alzheimer’s disease, which affects his grandmother.

McKee explains: “My grandmother, the woman the whole weight loss was in aid of (say hello to ‘Big Granny Millie’) was critically ill in hospital with numerous infections and multiple organ failure, thankfully she left the hospital just last week and is better medically but not in terms of dementia.  We were not willing to leave her to attend the event.

“Also, just weeks prior to the race I broke my ‘pinky’ out practising.  As lame as it sounds it was quite a bad fracture requiring pinning.  I managed to persuade the orthopedic surgeon to put off the pinning to potentially allow me to race at the event.  It was put in a splint and was checked weekly but unfortunately on the Wednesday before I was told a definite no to competing.  Now it is too ‘badly’ healed to be pinned and just looks silly and catches on things.
“The week before the event, when back home visiting my gran, I was taken into hospital myself with kidney stones. Maybe this accounts for a considerable amount of the weight loss.”
McKee weighed 20 stone 8lbs on 6 January 2014 and had lost eight stone 6lbs by race day.

“Despite meeting and exceeding the weight loss goal for the charities, I feel that I have let a number of people down,” McKee says, “as so many have contributed kindly and generously both with donations to the charities and also in preparation to the event and for this I am eternally grateful.

“I have asked the event organisers to defer our entry until 2015 or if not possible to refund the entry fees.  If the fees are returned (total £375 of my own money) I promise to donate this equally between the two charities – Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland.

“For those still wishing to make a donation please follow the Just Giving links.”

“We have collected £2612 (excluding Gift Aid).  If all pledges are met then we stand to have raised a total of £4000. This is an excellent generous effort from everyone involved!  Thank you!

“A huge thank you also has to go out to those from the motocross industry who went out of their way to help me in some way through various forms of sponsorship / discount.”


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