Heroic Paul reaches £7,000 mark ahead of toughest challenge

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THE inspiring fundraising efforts of disabled Paul Smith have almost reached £7,000.

Mr Smith, a former leading seaman specialist in the Royal Navy, will propel his wheelchair more than 200 miles from Portland in Dorset to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London in April.

He was left severely disabled in a road accident in 1991.

This year he will be raising money for Save the Children and the funds will go towards its Families and Schools Together and Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play projects.

He is undergoing intensive training ahead of his toughest test yet, and this week tackled two 15-mile efforts in challenging weather.

Mr Smith and his wife Jane have thanked Brewers and Sons Ltd for sending a generous donation towards the cause. To donate, visit justgiving.com/challenge200. You can donate using your mobile phone by sending a text to 70070 with the code QEJA87 and the amount.

You can also keep up-to-date with Paul’s progress by following him on Twitter at twitter.com/challenge200.