AN amateur cyclist completed a gruelling bike challenge to raise £2,000 for a charity that helped him bond with his disabled wife through video games.

Jason Jones, from Witney, took part in the 66-mile Etape Loch Ness challenge at the end of April and smashed his £1,500 fundraising target.

The proceeds will go to Charlbury-based charity SpecialEffect, which uses video games and technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities.

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Mr Jones and his wife Louise, who has cerebral palsy and now lives in a care home, played PlayStation 3 together thanks to the charity back in 2013.

He was at SpecialEffect's headquarters last week to present the organisation with a cheque.

The cyclist said: “It was a great day. The hardest part was toiling up the long Glendo climb on the side of the Great Glen.

“But the thought of all the fantastic pledges and donations that I’d received kept me going.”

Mr Jones finished the Etape in a time of just under five hours.

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Alison Hilborne, of the charity's supporter care section, said: “We’re all so proud of Jason. He’s been a powerhouse of enthusiasm and determination throughout his epic challenge and it’s been a feat of organisation and commitment.

"He’s done the most incredible job. It’s been an absolute pleasure to get to know him and see him succeed so gallantly.”

Several West Oxfordshire businesses contributed prizes to a raffle run by Mr Jones, while Como Lounge, in Witney Market Square, held a charity quiz night.