HOPING not to blow a fuse during an arduous 300 mile charity bike ride is Solihull-based electrician Paul Kelly.
The 49-year-old from Halesowen who works for intruder alarm and electrical company C.C.S.S Ltd is saddling up for the forthcoming London to Paris bicycle ride from July 1-5.
The father of one is gearing up for the challenge in the hope of raising vital funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust - a cause close to his heart as colleague Sarah Kerr has a young son with the life-threatening disease.
Paul admits the 300 mile journey from Greenwich to the Eiffel Tower will not be easy particularly as he has a slipped disc in his back. “I’ve had a lot of trouble with my back and recently had a bad cough and chest. So I decided to give up smoking and keep fit. I thought if I had something to aim for like helping Sarah it would be a good focus. “
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited disease and affects over 8,000 people in the UK. It affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, by clogging them with thick sticky mucus. This makes it hard to breathe and digest food.
Sarah, from Welford Avenue in Yardley, is delighted with her colleague’s fund raising efforts to date: “Paul has raised £2,000 so far and we are really grateful for his support and help for the charity.”
The married mum-of-two was dealt the heartbreaking news that her youngest son Reagan, now five, had Cystic Fibrosis in January 2007.
* If you would like to donate to Paul Kelly’s appeal log on to www.justgiving.com/paulkelly7.