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HEROIC fundraiser Paul Smith has braved sub-zero temperatures as he prepares for his toughest ever challenge.

The 54-year-old, of Cosham, will self-propel his wheelchair more than 200 miles from Portland in Dorset to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London this April.

This week Mr Smith conquered the ‘Big W’ – three hills close together that form a W shape – during his training sessions, which included a long climb over Portsdown Hill Road.

He was left severely disabled in a road accident in 1991 but has become a tireless fundraiser, generating more than £1.5m for charity.

Charities like Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity and Centre Point for Youth Homelessness have benefited from his efforts.

Mr Smith was a leading seaman specialist in the Royal Navy before the accident and served in the Falklands and first Gulf campaign.

His efforts have raised a total of £7,527 already and he hopes to top the £50,000 mark for charity Save the Children.

The money he raises will go towards the charity’s Families and Schools Together and Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play projects.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/challenge200 or donate anonymously by text. Text the code QEJA87 and the amount to 70070.

You can keep up to date with his training regime and preparation ahead of April’s challenge on Twitter by following twitter.com/challenge200.