Paul’s palace congratulations

Paul 'Barney' Bamford with wife Deborah at Buckingham Palace.
Paul 'Barney' Bamford with wife Deborah at Buckingham Palace.
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PAUL Bamford has done it - and he celebrated in royal style! The paralysed former jockey from Sheffield has completed a 106-mile cycle trek, driven by hand power alone.

And afterwards the 44-year-old whizzed down to Buckingham Palace as a guest of the Queen to attend a Royal Garden Party.

Paul - or Barney as he is known - said: “It has been a mad fortnight.

“This time last week I was somewhere in the middle of the North Yorks Moors in my wheelchair cycling through a blizzard, and now I am at Buckingham Palace!

“My arms are very tired and my mind is still a bit fuzzy from all the energy I expended but it was all worth it to see how much money we raised to help lads and lasses in racing who, like me, end up with serious injuries.”

The dad-of-two was paralysed from the chest down when a horse tripped and fell on him six years ago.

Barney, who lives in Dungworth with wife Deborah, 29, and their children Callum, nine, and Krystal, five, travelled in his hand cycle from Redcar in Teesside to Doncaster over six days.

He has already raised £70,000 for Racing Welfare, the charity that helped him, and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. He is aiming to raise a total of £100,000.

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