HIS heroic efforts have raised more than £1.5m for charity.
Now dedicated Paul Smith, who was left severely disabled in a road accident in 1991, is set to take on his toughest challenge yet.
The 54-year-old, of Cosham, will push his wheelchair more than 200 miles from Portland in Dorset to the Emirates Stadium, home of his beloved Arsenal Football Club
He hopes to raise £50,000 for Save the Children during the challenge, which he aims to complete in five days.
The mammoth task will be the equivalent of almost eight marathons, working out at 50 miles a day for the first two days and 30 miles a day for the final three.
Mr Smith, who will be joined by wife Jane, is embarking on an intensive training course to ensure he is in tip-top shape for the challenge in April.
‘The training is going well – I’m on the road a lot now,’ said Mr Smith.
‘I have to get used to using my muscles in a different way and there’s a lot of hill climbing to get used to what we will face.
Mr Smith was a leading seaman specialist in the Royal Navy before the accident and served in the Falklands and first Gulf campaign.
He is mainly confined to a wheelchair and suffers significant pain as a result of permanent brain damage and numerous physical disabilities.
But the effects of his accident have not stopped him raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Kiya Survivors in Peru, Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity and Centrepoint for Youth Homelessness.
The money raised for Save the Children will go towards its Families and Schools Together and Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play projects.
Mr Smith added: ‘I am in pain 24 hours a day but when you consider the suffering and pain children are going through now, it’s nothing compared to that.’
His team is looking for a sponsor to cover the cost of four double rooms at a hotel near Regent’s Park in London towards the end of the challenge.
Visit justgiving.com/challenge200 to donate online, or text QEJA87 £1 to 70070.
Call Jane and Paul Smith on (023) 9238 3515 if you can help.