COME April Paul Dyson will find himself in Paris.
Nothing unusual in that you might think – until you realise he is going there on his bike after recovering from a broken back.
Paul, aged 29, a carpet sales manager, is to undertake the 300-mile bike ride from London to Paris in aid of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
And he has been out and about in Sheffield collecting for the charity in the run-up to his big ride.
Paul said: “The reason why I am doing this for The Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield is a rather long story.
“Back in January 2008 I was involved in a very serious car crash and one of the major injuries I received, along with a heavily split bowel, was the clean break of a main bone in my spine.
“I was transferred to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where I had an operation to insert rods, screws and pins into my back.
These were eventually removed, but sadly it put an end to my charity running career.
“After talking to my consultant, Ashley Cole, about future charity events I could do as a thank you, he mentioned that if I was to do something, would I raise money for the children’s hospital’s spinal unit as he was very much involved in this.
“With having children myself, this seemed ideal.”
n Log on to JustGiving page set up at www.justgiving.com/Paul-Dyson0 to sponsor Paul’s ride.