Friday, 2 April 2010
Guest Blogger Gets On His Bike
Meet my husband - Paul.
Paul is training very hard for the Coast to Coast in May.
Although he is technically disabled due to a degenerative disc condition and can no longer run; he is able to cycle.
And he will be travelling the 150 miles from the West Coast of England to the East Coast of England in just three days to raise money for Isaac's House.
Isaac's House is a charity set up by another Paul who I will call Paul 2 to make things easier.
Back in 2002 when I was training for the New York marathon (to raise funds for Macmillan Nurses), Paul 2 was an inspiration.
Paul 2 is a talented athlete and runs the local Running Club.
Paul 2 made sure that every single runner - even those stragglers at the back (me!)- had someone to run with.
He would start at the front and then track back to ensure everyone was OK.
We ran together many times and I got to know Paul 2 well.
Although he loves children and has been married for more than 25 years he has never had children of his own.
It was obvioulsy a great sadness to him but he never dwelt on the fact and was always full of fun, organising charity races and the monthly pasta nights.
And if he couldn't become a dad himself it hasn't stopped him raising thousands of pounds for local children.
A few years ago the daughter of one of his clients (he is a gardener) was working in Africa and Paul 2 was inspired by her work helping children in Uganda who had been orphaned due to war or HIV.
When Paul 2 made his first visit to Africa he met a young boy called Isaac and he asked Isaac what he wished for most in all the world.
His reply: "A home."
Paul decided to make Isaac's wish come true and in the process help many others.
The result is Isaac's House and Paul 2 has become "dad" to many many children.
If you'd like to read more and find out how much my husband raises in the next few months visit Isaac's House website.
Today Paul wore cycling gear by Formby Cycles!