AN autistic 14-year-old, who has balance problems due to a brain injury when he was a baby, is on the final stretch of a 1,000-mile cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Jonathan Slater is raising £10,000 to rebuild the base of his Scout group in Hanwell. 

The 7th Hanwell’s building at The Warren in Trumpers Way is in a dilapidated state.

Jonathan was born with hydrocephalus and was unable to walk independently until he was around three and a half.

His parents, Brett and Alex, were told that he would never be able to ride a bike which is why the current challenge is so special. His dad is also riding.

Jonathan has already appeared on the BBC News Channel & BBC London News. 

“It was a big step forward for him,” said his mother. “Until now, he has had self-confidence issues, not really wanting to promote his ride. But now he's starting to feel some self-pride.

“He has a long track record of falls, bruises, broken bones and weeks off school, but he was still talking about his upcoming LEJOG bike ride whilst he was in a wheelchair in hospital after a nasty fall during a charity ride for Great Ormond Street Hospital.”