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Paul Collins who is cycling from Huddersfield to Brighton to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.'He will ride with 180 other Huddersfield Town fans.'237 Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge'Pictured from left are John Marshall, Richard Blackburn, Kate Collinson from YAA, Paul Collins, Cammie Batten from HTFC and Graeme Turner
Paul Collins who is cycling from Huddersfield to Brighton to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.'He will ride with 180 other Huddersfield Town fans.'237 Wakefield Road, Sowerby Bridge'Pictured from left are John Marshall, Richard Blackburn, Kate Collinson from YAA, Paul Collins, Cammie Batten from HTFC and Graeme Turner

A HALIFAX man is getting in the saddle to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Paul Collins, 25, from Copley, will cycle from Huddersfield to Brighton in four days.

The ride is part of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s Pedal for Pounds scheme which sees 170 riders making the 260-mile journey.

Mr Collins said: “I am a keen cyclist. I’ve done a bike ride from Blackpool to Halifax before but this is going to be very difficult.”

The riders have been given a training programme which advises them to build up their cycling to between 30 and 40 miles a day, although they will be expect to cover 80 miles each day on the ride.

“On day one we go from Huddersfield to Nottingham, the next day we move on to Milton Keynes, then to Gatwick and on the final day from Gatwick to Brighton,” said Mr Collins.

“I’ve been trying to put it to the back of my mind but I need to get on with my training but it’s been hard with the wet weather.”

Mr Collins is a Huddersfield Town fan and signed up as part of the Keep It Up campaign, run in partnership between the club and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The ride will begin on April 25 and the riders aim to be in Brighton in time for Huddersfield’s final away game of the season.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which is based at Cayley House, Elland, is asking Huddersfield supporters to raise £1000 each over the course of the season. Fifty pence in every pound will go to the air ambulance while the other 50p will help the football team’s youth academy.

The ambulance needs £2.6 million a year to keep its two helicopters flying.

You can donate for Paul’s ride at www.justgiving.com/pedro-keepitup or go to www.yorkshireairamb ulance.org.uk for more information.

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