Policeman tackles 15-hour cycle challenge to fundraise for toddler’s life-changing surgery

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A Coventry bobby is getting on his bike to help fundraise for life-changing surgery for a two-year-old girl. Inspector Steve Malone, of Coventry neighbourhood police team, will pedal for 15 hours as part of the ‘Sufferfest Knighthood’ endurance challenge to raise vital funds 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 an operation to help her walk.

Inspired to do his bit to help Millie-Bea’s cause, Insp Malone will cycle around 250 miles on a static bike – averaging more than 20mph and burning an estimated 8,000 calories along the way.

And to make it the challenge more realistic, he will also be hooked up to a screen playing footage of a cycling race.

Steve, who will take on the challenge at a David Lloyd Health Centre on October 15, said: “It is the hardest challenge I will have ever undertaken. I have completed the standard Knighthood Challenge before; it took over 12 hours.”

“That’s tough enough – but this will be the next level of intensity as no-one has ever tried 13 hours in a row. I thought I’d do a bit extra to make this unique. I have a young daughter and after hearing about Millie-Bea I was desperate to do something to help.”

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