Ride4William - 24hrs on Zwift

On Monday 13th January 2020 my beautiful nephew, William James Reckless was put into an induced coma and our family was told that he wasn’t likely to make it through the night. William had contracted Sepsis, which then progressed into Septic Shock.

On the morning of Tuesday 14th January 2020 his heart stopped for 2 minutes; thankfully he was brought back to life by the amazing doctors & nurses in PICU, but for days the formidable medical team lived at William's bedside second by second and then minute by minute as they worked tirelessly to save him.

During his time in the induced coma, William's lung collapsed several times, which required more pipes and tubes to be inserted into his little body, bringing with them the risk of further infection and complications.

Amazingly, through the longest 8 days of our lives, William surpassed everyone’s expectations and bit by bit the doctors were able to slowly reduce his life-support.

As the medical team brought William out of his induced coma, the doctors discovered that his brain had suffered two injuries, which would temporaily affect his speech and movement. He also developed a blood clot in his leg, which meant even more medication, physio and intense support.

William spent a total of 9 weeks in hospital recovering from Sepsis and the effects of Sepsis - he had surgery to amputate both his legs and the tips of every finger (this irreversible damage was caused by Septic Shock and the drugs/treatment he underwent to keep him alive). 

These life changing operations will have huge implications for William and his family. William will need prosthetic limbs, rehabilitation and the family home will need adaptions to make his recovery and every day life a little easier. He may also require further medical procedures as he grows up.

The aim of this bike ride is to raise as much money as possible to help secure William's future. His courage, strength and determination inspires everyone around him everyday. William's smile is indestructible - he is one of life's true superheroes!

The bike ride will take place during the weekend of Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April 2020. If the team of riders successfully achieve the 1000km in 24 hours this could also possibly be a Guinness World Record for indoor riding on Zwift.


Sepsis (also known as blood poisoning) is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. Normally our immune system fights infection – but sometimes, for reasons we don’t yet understand, it attacks our body’s own organs and tissues.

If not treated immediately, Sepsis can result in organ failure and death. Yet with early diagnosis, it can be treated with antibiotics.

Sepsis consists of 3 stages - sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock. The latter is what poor William suffered.


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    • £20 
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    • £10 
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Fundraising team: #Ride4William (2)

Phil Reckless 
Raised £6,273 from 206 donations
Nottingham, East Midlands, United Kingdom
Michael Knudsen 
Team member
Raised £2,532 from 51 donations
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