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Emergency call taker Ben Sewell cycles to Paris in aid of children's charity
A 999 call taker cycled 300 miles from London to Paris in a little over a day to raise money for a children’s charity.
Ben Sewell, of Market Place, East Finchley, set off from Marble Arch and managed to reach the Arc de Triomphe just 28 hours later.
The 27-year-old, who had initially planned to cycle the route in 48 hours, completed the journey with friend Ben Howells.
Mr Sewell said: “Most people complete the route in three days but we wanted to push ourselves.
“We had so much fun and really enjoyed it. We just kept going and managed to complete it in almost half that time.”
The two hope to raise £1,500 for the Maypole Project, a charity supported by the London Ambulance Service, which cares for children with serious illnesses and their families.
Mr Sewell added: “£750 is enough for the charity to support one child for a year so raising double that would mean we’ve raised enough to support a child each.
“Family means a great deal to both of us, that’s why The Maypole Project was such a worthy cause.”
So far the pair has raised nearly £1,000 – to help them reach their £1,500 target visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/2benson2bikes
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