Snow won’t stop fund-raising bike ride – in Paddington station

Given the hazardous road conditions this week, with snow blanketing the country, riding a set of rollers under the roof of Paddington station in London is clearly a safer option.

That’s what Dean Wood, 25, will be doing tomorrow morning, (Thursday, January 7) as part of a project to raise over £6,000 for the international Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.

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Wood, from Borehamwood just outside London, intends to clock up 11 hours without a break – from 8am to 7pm – and catch the eye of commuters.

The second part of his fund-raising project begins in June when he and his partner Samantha Williams, 30, will be taking part in the 675-mile ride from London to Geneva, with Discover Adventure.

Wood says: “I wanted to incorporate cycling into our fundraising efforts to kick start my training. As for doing it in Paddington station, it’s something different – I have never heard of anyone having done it before.”

The big tour will be Wood’s first international cycle trip, encouraged to do so by Samantha who completed the London to Paris ride for charity last year.

Currently there are 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening illness. This year 1000 of them will be granted magical wishes provided to them by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

To refer a child for a special wish or to become involved in fund-raising, visit: to donate to Dean’s and Sam’s fundraising efforts, visit: or contact Make-A-Wish on 01276 405060.