26th Sep, 2017

Coventry policeman tackles 15-hour cycle challenge to fundraise for toddler's life-changing surgery

Coventry Editorial 21st Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY bobby is getting on his bike to help fundraise for life-changing surgery for a two-year-old girl.

Inspector Steve Malone, of Coventry neighbourhood police team, will pedal for 15 hours as part of the ‘Sufferfest Knighthood’ endurance challenge to raise vital funds for Millie-Bea Hughes.

The toddler, who is the daughter of Detective Constable Natalie Hughes of Wolverhampton CID, has diplegia cerebral palsy and her family need to raise £40,000 for an operation to help her walk.

Inspired to do his bit to help Millie-Bea’s cause, Insp Malone will cycle around 250 miles on a static bike – averaging more than 20mph and burning an estimated 8,000 calories along the way.

Cerebral Pausey sufferer Millie-Bea who needs to raise funds for an operation in America that would help her walk. s

And to make it the challenge more realistic, he will also be hooked up to a screen playing footage of a cycling race.

Steve, who will take on the challenge at a David Lloyd Health Centre on October 15, said: “It is the hardest challenge I will have ever undertaken.

“I have completed the standard Knighthood Challenge before; it took over 12 hours.

“That’s tough enough – but this will be the next level of intensity as no-one has ever tried 13 hours in a row.

“I thought I’d do a bit extra to make this unique.

“I have a young daughter and after hearing about Millie-Bea I was desperate to do something to help.

“I enjoy cycling and a challenge so this seemed ideal.

“My legs and other body parts may disagree for a few days afterwards.”

The Hughes family from Rugeley have so far collected more than £35,000 towards Millie-Bea’s operation – which is not available over the NHS.

The youngster’s mother, Natalie, said: “What Steve is doing is a real test of endurance and we are extremely grateful for his help in supporting our fundraising for Millie-Bea’s operation.

“Hopefully this will push us towards reaching the total.”

Visit http://just4children.org/children-helped-2016/millie-beas-walking-wish/ or https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/just4children/milliebeaswalkingwish to support Insp Malone’s efforts.

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