Pair to cycle across Yorkshire Hills to raise cash for Ethan

Ethan Suglo, three, from Ghana, has exomphalous, a rare condition where the intestines and other internal organs grow outside the abdomen wall. NNL-160504-143739001
Ethan Suglo, three, from Ghana, has exomphalous, a rare condition where the intestines and other internal organs grow outside the abdomen wall. NNL-160504-143739001

Two men will be taking on a 180-mile ride between Morecombe Bay and Bridlington to help a young African boy with a life-threatening condition.

Dr Chris Thorogood and Brian French will be cycling the Way of the Roses through the Yorkshire hills from May 13 to 15 in aid of Shipston Home Nursing and Ethan Suglo.

Ethan is three-years-old and has exomphalos, a condition where the intestines and other internal organs form outside the abdomen.

A child born in the UK with the condition would normally be operated on immediately, but the operation is not available in Ghana where Ethan lives.

The pair had already booked to do the cycle challenge but decided to extend the fundraising to Ethan when they heard his story.

The appeal for Ethan was launched by Dr David Williams from Shipston-on-Stour, who met Ethan while he was visiting his daughter in Ghana last July.

He was approached by Ethan’s father, Charles, who asked him to look at his son.

Dr Hugh Grant, a paediatric surgeon at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, has agreed to operate on Ethan. The appeal for Ethan is looking to raise around £30,000.

The Way of the Roses route passes through York, Lancaster and the Yorkshire Dales.

To donate money, visit their fundraising page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Chris Thorogood.

Other charity events being held to raise money for Ethan have included a tea party, a pub quiz and a sponsored walk.

To find out more about the appeal, visit www.facebook.com/ethansuglo25000