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Ambulance call taker to cycle to Paris in aid of the Maypole Project
A 999 call taker is preparing to pedal 300 miles from London to Paris to raise money for a children’s charity.
Ben Sewell, of Market Place, East Finchley, will set off from Marble Arch with his friend Ben Howells on Monday, with the aim of reaching the Arc de Triomphe just 48 hours later.
The 27-year-old, who works for the ambulance service, said: “Most people complete the route in three days but my friend and I are both fitness fanatics having completed a number of marathons, triathlons and assault courses, so we thought, why not push ourselves and make it more difficult.
“We are really excited – there’s something really satisfying about knowing all you have to do when you wake up is ride.
“We’re really close friends as well – and a close friend makes for good company.”
The two hope to raise £2,000 for the Maypole Project, a charity supported by the London Ambulance Service which helps children with complex medical needs and their families.
Ben added: “Being a parent myself, with a second on the way, I know how difficult it can be but I can’t imagine how tough it is for families to care for children with disabilities.
“The work the Maypole Project do to support these families is really amazing.
“Family means a great deal to both of us and riding our bikes for a couple of miles is nothing compared to the stress these families have to go through daily.”
To sponsor Ben visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/2benson2bikes
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