Dedicated fundraiser Paul breaks £8,000 barrier ahead of effort

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INSPIRATIONAL fundraiser Paul Smith continues to pull out all the stops as he prepares for a gargantuan challenge next month.

The 54-year-old, of Cosham, completed a 30-mile training session as he readies himself to self-propel his wheelchair more than 200 miles from Portland in Dorset to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London.

He was left severely disabled in a road accident in 1991 but has become a committed fundraiser – raising more than £1.5m for a variety of good causes.

This year, the money he raises will go to Save the Children.

It will help the charity’s Familes and Schools Together and Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play projects.

The cash has been coming in thick and fast for his latest challenge, with the total rising to a staggering £8,536.92 already.

He hopes to raise £50,000 in total.

To sponsor Paul, visit justgiving.com/challenge200 or keep up to date with his efforts on Twitter clicking on twitter.oom/challenge200.

You can also donate anonymously using your mobile phone.

Text the code QEJA87 and the amount you wish to donate to number 70070.

His wife Jane said: ‘Please, ask your friends and colleagues to visit the page today.

‘Not only does it boost Paul’s morale but also gives hope to those children who desperately need your help.’