Super Max tells Chris Evans about his big charity challenge

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16 May 2024, 14:03

11-year-old Max Edney talks to Chris Evans at Virgin Radio.

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'Super' Max Edney is embarking on a marathon fundraiser, which will see him cycle 26.2 miles to raise money for the Brittle Bone Society.

Max is 11, and was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as Brittle Bones. He has broken many bones, including his elbow, both legs, and spine in three places. Joining the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar, he said: “They break a lot more easily, and I get fatigued and tired and have less energy than other people.”

On Sunday (19th May), Max will be taking on his challenge, and he explained to Chris: “When I had the idea to do a sponsored cycle ride, I had only ever ridden five miles. Then I did a training run for eight miles, then went up to 13, and a week and a half ago, I did 20 miles. So on Sunday, the 19th. I am planning to do the full marathon."



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He added: “It's going to take place around Basingstoke, and I'm going to be riding just around a route that's mainly countryside.

“I have to be careful to avoid all the potholes, and just make sure I don't really jolt myself because that could lead to quite a big injury. But so far, I've been quite lucky, apart from one time when I fell off my bike, and I broke my hand when I was a bit younger. So hopefully that doesn't happen again!”

Over the last five years, the Edney family has raised over £100,000 for The Brittle Bone Society. Last year, Dad Steve was recognised by King Charles for services to charity, with a British Empire Medal! Talking about Max, Steve said: "From over the years, over the last 11 years since he's really known about his condition. He's been involved in all sorts of different activities. And as he's getting older now, and he's at senior school, is been making many more of his own choices for medical choices, and also how he wants to make choices about why he lives and his purpose.”

Max said: “A big thank you to everyone who has sponsored me already. It means loads and it's going to impact so many people's lives for the better in the future.”

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