A charity worker has saddled up for a cycling marathon to raise funds to help those with autism – and has won celebrity backing.
Paul Truin, aged 62, from Wadsley, Sheffield, is cycling from Rotherham to Rotterdam to raise funds for the Rotherham branch of the National Autistic Society.
Paul set off on his 250-mile trip from Rotherham United’s New York Stadium to the Netherlands on Friday and was waved on his way by some of the club’s players, actor Dean Andrews, from TV’s Life on Mars, and Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham.
The keen cyclist is using a folding bike for his trip, so he can pack it up and board a ferry from Hull to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
Paul works as a volunteer co-ordinator for Stonham Home Group, which provides supported housing for vulnerable people.
He is also raising money for its client fund.
Paul, a member of the National Autistic Society, said: “I’m allowing myself a week to get to Rotterdam. I will be cycling up to Hull and then getting the ferry across to Zeebrugge.
“I’m hoping to meet up with a group of people from the National Autistic Society also taking part in a charity cycle ride.”
In the Netherlands, he will visit an autism support group while tonight he is due at the Amsterdam Arena, home of Dutch football giants Ajax, for the Europa League final between Chelsea and Portuguese club Benfica.
Paul is raising funds for the charity because he works with autistic people.
He was accompanied by members of Rotherham United’s Community Sports Trust for the first leg to Doncaster.
n To support Paul, visit Paul Truin Just Giving Page