A NEWBRIDGE teacher who cycled the Velothon to raise money for a pupil at his school, who suffers with a rare disorder, has raised more than £400. 

John-Lloyd Williams, who teaches Years 3 and 4 at Tynewydd Primary School, Newbridge, tackled the 140km route to raise money for the Williams Syndrome Foundation.

Harrison Evans, three, who attends nursery at the school, was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome at the age of one.

It means he has developmental difficulties, a heart condition and various other medical, sensory and sociability issues.

Mr Williams said he was inspired to tackle the challenge by Harrison’s positivity.

“Harrison is part of our nursery and during our school assembly he caught my eye really,” he said.

“He has Williams Syndrome but he is always happy. I couldn’t help but notice the smile he had and his positivity.

“I was looking for a charity to do it [the Velothon] for and it just felt right to do it for him. At the moment we’ve raised around £280.”

The 27-year-old has raised £426 on his JustGiving page so far.

Harrison’s mum, Sarah Bennett-Evans said she is pleased Mr Williams took part in the ride to raise awareness of the syndrome.

She said: “I found out about Mr Williams was doing the Velothon when Mrs Waters (the school headmistress) rang me, as Mr Williams didn’t want to make a fuss. We were very touched as a family that Mr Williams would think of our son and do this to show his support.

“Harri is doing OK. He’s progressing well in school. They (staff and pupils at the school) are extremely supportive. He has a special one-to-one support teacher who helps him. The other pupils all the way through the school and the teachers all love him and encourage him too.”

Mr Williams's JustGiving page is still open. To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/john-lloyd-williams