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London to Brussels by bike

The efforts made by paralympians this summer have inspired Boston man Paul Maddison to get on his bike for a charity which helps children with disabilities.

Now Paul, who just two years ago could barely walk himself, has taken on a 340-mile cycling challenge in aid of A Smile for a Child. The charity provides grants for disabled and disadvantaged children, to allow them to participate and progress in sport.
The 51-year-old, of Boston, will join around 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

.Paul Maddison on bike

Paul Maddison with the bike he plans to pedal 340 miles from London to Brussels, via Amsterdam to help a charity for disabled children

"It took the best part of two years to get over that and my weight went up to fifteen-and-a-half stone. My surgeon said my running days were over but suggested I take up cycling," said Paul.

He discovered a new passion and in only 22 weeks has seen his weight drop by three stones. In training for the bike ride he is now covering 150 miles a 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 or email him at

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