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We’re off again!

Created on 04/09/2020 @ 10:22
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Last year’s journey the length of Britain captivated an army of local followers, and now adventurer Andrew Paddison is off again on another bid to raise money for a vital charity.

Andrew led a team from Land’s End to John O’Groats over 13 days last year, raising an incredible £28,000.

The achievement was even more remarkable considering Andrew, who lives just outside Welshpool, used a handbike to travel the just under 1,000 miles, having been born with no right leg, two short arms and a curved spine.

A year on and Andrew won’t let Covid-19 get in the way of another challenge, and starting on September 13, Team Paddison aim to complete the Scottish NC500 in six days.

This infamous route is a 500-mile loop around the Scottish Highlands and includes over 32,000ft of climbing, the equivalent of Mount Everest.

“Last year, the money went to cancer charities, due to my father dying of cancer, in October 2019 my brother died of cancer and the week before this challenge is my mother's funeral who passed away with the big C,” said Andrew. 

“This year’s challenge will be undertaken in aid of SafeLives, a UK-based charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good.”

Andrew pointed out that Covid-19 had resulted in a rise in domestic violence.

“Whilst training I was listening to the Emma Barnett Show on Radio 5 and was emotionally moved by a story relating to domestic violence after which I was determined to raise money for the charity,” he said.

You can follow Team Paddison’s preparations and progress via their Facebook page or follow Andrew Paddison on Twitter.

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