Stable lad completes charity challenge

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Paralysed former stable lad Paul "Barney" Bamford has completed his remarkable 110-mile journey to raise money for Racing Welfare.

It is a charity that helps people who have worked or do work in the racing industry in the form of support, advice on injuries or financial aid.

Mr Bamford set off from the Redcar racecourse on May 14th on his specialist handcycle and arrived to a hero's welcome from spectators at Doncaster on Saturday (May 19th).

The 41-year-old was working for trainer Les Eyre in 2006 when he fell while riding and has since been paralysed from the chest down.

Mr Bamford's journey in his specially adapted tricycle equates to five marathons in six days, Horse and Hound reports.

"Barney is amazing and over the past few days I've really got to know him better. Life is a real challenge for him but he smiles it off," commented Richard Negus of Racing Welfare, who followed Mr Bamford in a horsebox throughout the ride.

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