Pedals to paddles for charity

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A PEDAL-POWERED fund-raising team is swapping wheels for water as it takes on yet another challenge.

Suffolk Pc, Neil Smith, set up the Bobby on a Bike project ten years ago and has raised more than £77,000 for causes in that time.

But Pc Smith and colleague Rob Bryan are stepping into uncharted territory as they take part in a two man rowing challenge.

The pair will paddle the 125-mile Devizes to Westminster canoe race over the Easter weekend. The gruelling race has been described as the ‘canoeist’s Everest’.

Pc Smith said: “We have been training since July last year and it is fair to say in the early days we were in the water more than out, but we have miraculously managed to stay upright and dry now since October, so we are getting somewhere.”

Money raised by the duo will go to the RNLI.

The race tops a memorable month for Pc Smith, as he was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Wickham Market in the run-up to London 2012 in recognition of his work.

More information can be found at www.bobbyonabike.com