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Truro boys prepare to cycle for paralysed school friend

Max Levene
Image caption Max broke his neck during a school rugby match in October

Friends of a teenager who broke his neck in a rugby match are preparing to cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End.

Max Levene, 18, from Truro broke his neck during a rugby match between Truro School and Kelly College, Tavistock, in October.

Six of Max's friends, who were in the same school year as him, will start their 12-day ride on 13 July.

All money raised will go towards the Max Levene Trust to provide him with life-long support.

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Will Eustice, 18, one of the cyclists, said: "We thought this was an original way to raise money for him.

"It's going to be very hard, but we've trained a lot. We just want to show him that everyone's behind him."

Will said that he was most concerned about riding through the Highlands of Scotland.

The rugby accident paralysed Max from the chest down leaving him with limited movement in his arms.

He said: "It's quite impressive if they do it. It really picks me up and helps me along."

Image caption The team of six cyclists have been training for the ride

Max's mother Yvonne said: "I think it's absolutely fantastic and unbelievable that they'd even think about doing that distance.

"It's the fact that they do actually care. It's a terrible thing but we have to make the best of a situation."

Following treatment at a spinal unit in Salisbury, Max is planning to return to school to complete his A-levels.

Mrs Levene said: "It's a logical thing for him to to do, to pick up his life again. It will be extremely difficult but that's the way ahead."

Max said he was planning to finish A-levels in economics, geography and PE.

He said: "It's [PE A-level] mainly theory but the sport is a bit of a problem.

"It will be strange because I might have to take up a new sport which I've never tried before.

"You've got to get on with it, you realise there are other people that are worse than you and you can't do anything about it."

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