Paul passes endurance test

Paul Smith arrives at the Emirates Stadium in London
Paul Smith arrives at the Emirates Stadium in London
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IN AN incredible feat of endurance, disabled Arsenal fan Paul Smith has completed 105 miles in his wheelchair.

He arrived at the Emirates Stadium in north London after three gruelling days of travelling from Portsmouth’s Fratton Park.

Now he is celebrating after raising more than £8,200 for youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, Arsenal’s chosen good cause this season.

‘After all the training it actually wasn’t too bad,’ he said. ‘I think my support team were actually more tired than I was at the end.

‘We were well-prepared and that let us keep going, even when it was tough.

‘But the journey itself was great, and it feels wonderful to know I haven’t let down all the people who helped and sponsored me.’

In the past Paul has completed 51 laps of the Emirates Stadium in his wheelchair – totalling more than 20 miles.

The 52-year-old former sailor, of Magdala Road, Cosham, suffers with injuries to his brain, hips and chest, as well as long-term damage to his neck and shoulder, following a road traffic accident back in 1991.

A mystery donor has promised to double his total if he can raise £20,000 by May 2. To sponsor him visit justgiving.com/centrepoint-100.