Super Jerrie takes on the tri
BTHA's Technical Committee Chairman to tackle the Superhero Tri this summer to raise funds for The Toy Trust
The BTHA's Jerry Burnie will be taking on the Superhero Tri this summer to raise funds for the for the Toy Trust under the charity’s Toy Industry Heroes initiative.
Jerry, a toy safety expert and BTHA Technical Committee Chairman, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2004. The condition is incurable and progressive with increasing disability over time, and currently affects the control, movement or operation of various muscle groups, in particular his legs, but also core muscles, eyes and his left hand.
Jerry is aiming to raise £5,000 for the Toy Trust. His eight month training regime is now well underway, with the event taking place Saturday 18 August in Windsor.
“Planning for an event eight months away adds considerable difficulties and an element of blind optimism," he said. "Training needs to be raised very slowly to avoid burn out which can last for several weeks although at present this is rare.
“I am excited and daunted in equal measure about taking on the Superhero Tri but am thrilled to be able to become the first Toy Trust Industry Hero and to raise money for the industry charity. This is something I have wanted to do for some time and as a way of giving something back to the industry.”
During the event, Jerry will be taking on a 400m open water swim, 10km bike ride (hand bike) and 2.5km wheelchair course, all in aid of the Toy Trust, which will be supporting a number of inspirational children’s charities in 2018 both in the UK and abroad and all of whom work to better the lives of disadvantaged and disabled children.
Foye Pascoe, Chair of the Toy Trust said: “We are all incredibly inspired by Jerry and his efforts in taking on the Superhero Tri for the Toy Trust. He is a very worthy Industry Hero and we hope the industry will get behind him by sponsoring him and helping us raise as much money as possible for the Toy Trust, and to help us continue to give the gift of play even more once again this year”.
Donations can be made via Jerry’s fundraising page HERE.
For more information on the work of the Toy Trust, it’s events and charities supported, visit www.toytrust.co.uk.