Ramsey man with Post-Polio Syndrome completes charity century

Ramsey Cricket Club Walker Fundraising, David Jones

Ramsey Cricket Club Walker Fundraising, David Jones - Credit: Archant

WHILE England batsman Joe Root was hitting 100 runs against New Zealand, a cricket fan was painstakingly completing a ton of his own.

David Jones made it a century of laps around Ramsey Cricket Club’s ground on Saturday during the 1st XI’s first home match of the season, against Foxton.

The 54-year-old, who owns Ramsey-based commercial catering equipment company Alpeninox UK, contracted polio as a baby and has Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS), a condition affecting the nervous system which results in extreme fatigue.

But with assistance from his wife, Kay, he did the 20 circuits required to finish his challenge, raising £2,000.

“It was a bit more of a challenge than I expected,” he said. “I couldn’t do a great deal on the Sunday.

“That’s what polio does – you always need to recuperate. The pain levels get to a certain point and you’re useless, not with it.”

Due to his PPS, the father-of-two did the laps in stages, starting at the beginning of May.

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Mr Jones, a long-term supporter of Ramsey Cricket Club, thanked chef Geoffrey Self, who ran a barbecue to help raise money, his wife for her support and all those who helped with the fundraiser.

The proceeds will be split between the Polio Survivors Support Network and the cricket club, which will use the funds for coaching sessions for youngsters.