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Norfolk FA boss's cycle challenge in memory of his Norwich mother

Norfolk FA chief executive Shaun Turner who is going to ride from London to Paris in memory of his mother.

Norfolk FA chief executive Shaun Turner who is going to ride from London to Paris in memory of his mother.

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When Shaun Turner's mother passed away he knew straight away that he wanted to live up to a line from one of her favourite songs which challenges people to "do one thing everyday that scares you".

So now the chief executive of Norfolk FA is to complete a three-day cycling challenge in memory of his mother to raise money for a charity that helps local people who have survived an aneurysm.

Mr Turner, 31, from Thorpe St Andrew, explained: “One of the lines in Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free, which has stayed with us, is the one ‘Do one thing everyday that scares you’.

“Mum died last June and, as the days and months since then have mainly been a blur, not just for me, but for everybody who loved her, the timing of this ‘scary’ challenge now feels right. So here goes mum, I hope I can make you proud with this one.”

Jean Turner, from Lakenham, died a week short of her 58th birthday after suffering an aneurysm in her brain.

For the past few years she worked at Norwich City Football Club in the club shop, and was once a pub barmaid at the Maid Marian in Ipswich Road.

Mr Turner, who has been chief executive of Norfolk FA, based in Thorpe, for about four years, added: “The money I am raising is primarily for the NNUHCF, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Fund, specifically to help enhance services for local people who may have suffered some type of aneurysm and survived.

“I am also fundraising for the British Heart Foundation.

“I have set myself an ambitious fundraising target of £3,000, so I would really appreciate support which, in turn, will help local sufferers.”

On July 2, he will be biking “off road” from London to Paris with about 100km scheduled to be covered on day one.

The second day is only a 78km dash, finishing at Lyons La Foret.

Sleep will no doubt be essential that night, as day three climaxes in a mammoth 120km slog, finishing at the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

To sponsor him, visit www.JustGiving.com/ShaunTurner.

Are you doing something extraordinary for charity? Call Evening news reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk.

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