Mike looking forward to first charity challenge

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A MAN will set off on the first of three charity challenges on Wednesday.

Mike Shattock, 40, of Truesdale Gardens, Langtoft, will peddle from London to Paris as part of his Yellow Beetle Challenge.

The aim of the challenge is to raise £10,000 for the Royal Hospital of Neuro-Disability in Putney, which is caring for his wife Sam. She suffered a cardiac arrest in January last year and was left with severe brain damage.

Mike, a keen cyclist, will set off from Trafalgar Square in London at 9.30am on Wednesday with five friends and hopes to be in Portsmouth by the evening for the ferry crossing.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I think the first day will be the most difficult but I’m looking forward to getting into France.”

If he hits 600 followers on his Facebook page, Mike said he will ride down the Champs Elysees in Paris wearing a beret and a string of onions around his neck.

He hopes to have completed the ride by Friday evening at the Arc de Triomphe monument. He is planning to return on Monday after watching some of his friends, who are running the Paris Marathon on Sunday.

He has so far raised £3,500 and has hit his target, as he hoped to raise a third of the money by the first challenge.

Mike will also run the New York Marathon in November and climb Mount Kilimanjaro in March next year.

To find out more or sponsor Mike visit www.justgiving.com/yellowbeetlechallenge.