Bobby gets on his bike for Millie Bea

A cycling copper will power the pedals to help raise funds towards a life-changing operation for a two-year-old girl.

Inspector Steve Malone will get on his bike for a 15 hour endurance challenge in support of a fundraising drive for Millie-Bea Hughes.

The toddler – who is the daughter of Detective Constable Natalie Hughes of Wolverhampton CID – has diplegia cerebral palsy and her family need to raise £40,000 for a non-NHS funded operation to help her walk.

Inspired to support their efforts, Insp Malone, of Coventry neighbourhood police team, offered to take on an extended ’Sufferfest Knighthood’ challenge. He will pedal on a bike bolted into a static ‘turbo trainer’ for 15 hours – at an average of more than 20mph – burning an estimated 8,000 calories along the way.

To make the physically and mentally demanding challenge more realistic, the cyclist feels part of an event by footage of a race being played on an interactive screen. It dictates speed and effort levels to represent a race situation.

Steve – who will take on the endurance test covering around 250 mikes at a David Lloyd Health Centre on 15 October – said: “It is the hardest challenge I will have ever undertaken.”

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