Sam, 10, gets on his bike to help charity that helped him

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Sam Payne just loves to ride his bike – and the 10-year-old is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner after overcoming physical problems to get in the saddle.

Sam, of Skipper Way , Lee-on-the-Solent, was born with club feet.

In his short life Sam has endured eight operations necessary to correct his limbs.

His mother Debbie said: ‘When I was pregnant I found out at 20 weeks that Sam’s ankles were bent around the wrong way.

‘He had quite a severe case of it, particularly on his right foot.

‘His left foot was corrected in a year, but the other took a long time to correct.’

But determined not to let this get him down, Sam has been attending Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School and carrying on leading an active life.

The charity Steps, which helps people with lower limb conditions, supported him when he was younger.

So to say thank you, Sam decided he would take part in a sponsored bike ride and raise money for the charity.

‘Sam’s doing this sponsored bike ride to raise money for the charity because of the help it gave us,’ explained Debbie.

‘He wants to raise £500 – he’s already raised £300 and his dad will be joining him.’

Sam will be doing a 20 mile cycle ride, starting from his home and going to to Eastney tomorrow.

To sponsor Sam, go to