Bakers back Paul’s triple feat

January 13, 2016 Uncategorized

It’s not so much a bake off as a bake on as people got behind Paul Padmore’s sporting efforts on behalf of the charity Children with Cancer UK. The Senior Service Transition Manager will tackle not one but three major challenges next year as part of a marathon undertaking to raise £10,000. Lined up are a four day, 125 mile kayak race from Devizes to Westminster at Easter, an 18 hour, 226 mile cycle through PaulSnowdonia in June and the 100 mile RideLondon in July. Paul has been blown away by the response after he asked for support from his iPSL Bakers back Paul’s triple feat colleagues across the country. The ensuing slew of cake baking events that have already added over £700 to his target total. “Camberley also donated money from a quiz night, which was fantastic,” says Paul, who’s hoping to hold further on-Site quizzes. “I’m based at BPH but I travel around, so most people know me by name at least,” he says. “Tara Porter, in my team, and Copley Business Support Manager Louise Wood have been instrumental in getting people interested and things organised. There’s a great number of other people who have been very supportive, sadly too many to list – but they know who they are. Thank you to everyone. “To know that I’m getting support from colleagues around the Company is fantastic.” All proceeds will be donated directly to Children With Cancer UK via Paul’s Just Giving page Alternatively people can donate by texting EEBR69 to 70070 followed by the donation amount.

Paul, who has been raising money for the charity for a number of years, started primarily when a work colleague’s child was born with cancer. “It’s dreadful that children at such a young age are subjected to such an awful disease,” he says. “It’s just wanted to try to play the little part that I can, and every little helps.” He has also been volunteering for Fieldfare since 2008, when it was sponsored by HSBC for whom he worked at the time. “They’re trying to get me onto the board of trustees. I’m considering it but, with what I’ve got lined up for next year, I’m not sure I can commit,” adds Paul, who is still planning to arrange some fund-raising for that charity too.

In the meantime, he’s very busy training for his Children with Cancer UK challenges. He’s determined to complete them all, especially after being pulled out of last year’s Snowdonia Etape Eryri cycle ride, after an earlier knee injury affected his training. Paul was just eight minutes late arriving at the second stage, after cycling 179 gruelling miles, and wasn’t allowed to press on for the final 47. “I was absolutely gutted. I’ve got to do it next year to prove to myself that I can finish it.” At the moment Paul, a member of Coventry’s Mercia Canoe Club, is focussed on his kayak training. “Club Chairman Nigel Wooltorton and Manager Mike Fitzsimons are providing fantastic support in terms of training, support and invaluable information. Fingers crossed I’ll remain injury free over the winter months.” You’ll find him hard at it on Sundays at 6am, as well as three nights a week. On Saturday mornings Paul, a Level Two British Cycling Coach, helps young and old to develop their skills and strength. With his working travel commitments too, it’s no wonder he sometimes struggles to pack it all in. “Sometimes I wonder why the days and weeks go so quickly,” he smiles.