Oxfordshire man takes on Central America in second daring ride for charity

10 November 2015

Paul Baker and his bikeAbingdon resident Paul Baker, 59, is back in his saddle for an adventurous 11-day bike ride across Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua to support Leonard Cheshire Disability, a charity he is trustee of.  
Paul and his daughter, Katie, took on their first epic cycling challenge across Vietnam and Cambodia last October to raise vital funds for the charity.

The dynamic duo are now taking on the wonders and perils of Central America by bike, leaving on 12 November 2015, they will ride approximately 100km a day from Panama City to Granada.

Paul, who has a visual impairment, joined Leonard Cheshire Disability as a trustee last year after 40 years in the banking sector.

He said:

‘Our previous trip to Vietnam and Cambodia was great, but on the last day Katie fell and dislocated her shoulder.

‘It took Katie eight weeks to recover but the experience hasn’t put her off. The level is harder now and I’m not feeling as fit as before, but we’re hoping there are no injuries this time around!’

Paul really enjoyed the experience of cycling off road and down tracks in Asia. But, he said:

‘I am concerned about dangerous snakes and spiders, apparently there are a few in Central America!

‘Aside from that I am really looking forward to seeing three amazing countries. Doing this challenge for a great cause will keep me going when the ride gets tough.’

Paul is hoping to raise £1,500 towards Leonard Cheshire Disability’s valuable work providing life changing support for disabled people including improved access to education, employment and entrepreneurship, to add to his total of £3,500 from the last trip.

To support Paul on his journey, you can donate to Leonard Cheshire Disability by visiting Paul's JustGiving page

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Notes for editors

Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. With over 7,500 staff, the charity supports over 7,000 disabled people in the UK.