Two years ago Paul Maddison could barely walk...but he is now preparing for a 340-mile cycle challenge all in aid of charity.
The efforts made by Paralympians this summer inspired Paul to get on his bike to raise cash for A Smile for A Child, a charity which helps children with disabilities.
The organisation provides grants for disabled and disadvantaged children, to allow them to participate and progress in sport.
The 51-year-old, from Boston, will join about 100 cyclists in London on May 29 for the Three Cities Cycle Challenge.
They will bike from London to Harwich, take a ferry trip to the Hook of Holland and then cycle to Amsterdam and on to their finish line in Brussels, aiming to arrive on June 2.
Paul had been a keen runner until two years ago when he needed complete reconstruction on his right knee.
“It took the best part of two years to get over that and my weight went up to 15-and-a-half stone. My surgeon said my running days were over but suggested I take up cycling,” said Paul.
In only 22 weeks he has seen his weight drop by three stones and he covers 150 miles per week.
To enter the Three Cities Cycle Challenge he has to cover costs of £750 paid to Skyline Tour Operations. He has paid a £100 deposit from his own pocket, but is hopeful he can gain sponsorship sufficient to cover the cost and raise an additional £750 for the charity.
Sponsors, who can help in kind or with cash towards Paul’s entry fee, can contact him on 01205 352546, email him at email@example.com or make a donation via www.doitforcharity.com/paulmaddison
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