Heroic Portsmouth fundraiser prepares for another gruelling task

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DISABLED fundraiser Paul Smith has immersed himself in another gruelling training regime as he prepares for his next remarkable challenge.

The 54-year-old, from Cosham, will self-propel his wheelchair from Plymouth, Devon, to the Emirates Stadium in London in April next year.

It comes after Mr Smith, who was left severely disabled after a motorcycle accident in 1991, raised more than £25,000 earlier this year by pushing himself from Portland in Dorset to the home of his beloved Arsenal in five days.

The former leading seaman specialist in the Royal Navy hopes to double that amount for Save the Children when he tackles the 325-mile trek.

The challenge will take five days and sees him complete 65 miles a day.

A dedicated crew will support him throughout this latest challenge.

Despite suffering from light-headedness and dizzy spells, he is undertaking an exhausting training programme and is lifting more than 200lbs during gym work.

Mr Smith is building speed work in Hilsea and around Lakeside and is just six weeks away from road training.

He is looking for sponsors to help him along the challenge, including evening meals for eight people at all hotels along the route, fuel for three cars, including the journey to Plymouth, and a hotel in Haslemere.

To support his challenge, visit justgiving.com/challenge300 and you can also follow his progress at facebook.com/challenge300.

You can make a small donation anonymously by texting OVQV87 and the amount to 70070.