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Barnet Paralympian Michael Smith gears up for charity cycle challenge
11:49am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
A blind footballer who took part in last year’s Paralympics is preparing to use his passion for sport to raise money for charity.
Michael Smith, of Cedar Avenue, East Barnet, is gearing up to take part in the St Christopher’s to Brighton Cycle Challenge which he helped set up in support of The Candle Project at St Christopher’s Hospice.
The Candle Project supports young people and their families with bereavement after the death of somebody close to them.
Michael launched the race last year after becoming involved in the project when he spoke to a group of young people about losing his sight.
His sight began to deteriorate at the age of 18 during his first year at university studying medicine, and eventually led to blindness.
Rebecca Kemp, community fundraiser for the Candle Project, said: “We are thrilled to have Paralympian Michael supporting the Candle Project and taking on the challenge with the riders on the day.
“He is a hugely inspirational man who is passionate about the project, which not only is an invaluable service for our community’s young people but also offers training, advice and consultancy to other professions dealing with bereaved children.”
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