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Stephen Roberts is preparing to take on the 500km London to Paris bike ride next year.
Stephen Roberts is preparing to take on the 500km London to Paris bike ride next year.
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A CARER is to tackle a 500km cycle between two capital cities.

Stephen Roberts pedals between clients in Hetton, Houghton and Shiney Row, but will really put his stamina to the test next May when he takes on the road route from Crystal Palace, in London, to the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, in aid of Help for Heroes.

He developed the cycling bug after completing the C2C in September and hopes he can raise awareness and cash for the charity, which supports injured servicemen and women.

The 27-year-old care assistant from Hetton, who works for the Mears Group, needs to raise £1,450 to cover his costs, with 80 per cent of that to be paid by February.

He has set himself a target of £2,000.

Stephen said: “There’s going to be a lot of other people too, but at this point I think I’m the only person from the region doing it.”

Stephen, who is married to Tracey, 34, and is stepdad to Brandon Tempest, 16, Beth Tempest 14, and Rhiannon Smith, 11, and dad to the couple’s son Kaleb, three, has written to firms in the area asking for support. He has also an online page at bmycharity.com/steroberts.