Former Watford FC player Paul Robinson to undertake 100 mile charity cycle challenge (From Watford Observer)
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Former Watford FC player Paul Robinson to undertake 100 mile charity cycle challenge
Former Watford FC player Paul Robinson is cycling more than 100 miles to his old school in Garston in memory of an eight-year-old girl who died of cancer.
Paul and his wife Caroline will ride from Claverdon Primary School in Warwickshire - the school Molly Ollerenshaw attended - to St Michael's School in Garston, Robinson’s former secondary school.
Molly died in June 2011 after a five-year battle with a rare type of kidney cancer.
The Robinsons became close with her family after their son Luke started playing football with Molly’s brother Ben.
Paul said: "The parents and the family inspired me to do the charity ride; the time and effort they have put in to make the charity work since Molly passed away has inspired us as a family.
"Having kids ourselves, we didn't know what people go through in those sort of times and they have inspired us to want to do as much as we can to help the charity."
Paul was keen to combine Warwickshire, where he lives now, with hometown Watford in the two-day tour which will see him arrive at his old school on June 18.
He said: "Carol and I were born and raised in Watford and Rickmansworth.
"We have lived up here for 11 years now so we wanted to bring both communities together and also try to gain interest from an even wider area about what we are doing so we can raise as much money for the charity as possible.
"Knowing the family, this is personal for us so it would be great to achieve this challenge."
Paul, who began his football career at Sun Sports Bellmount Wood Avenue, said it would be strange to be back at St Michael’s but headteacher Edward Conway had been a great help in planning the event.
Paul continued: "The cycle itself is a challenge we have wanted to do for a while but because of the football season it has been tough to arrange but this is the perfect time to do it because the World Cup has provided us footballers with an extra break. It will be a nice challenge."
On June 18 Paul is aiming to be in Rickmansworth High Street at 11.45am, Watford High Street and Charter Place for 12.30pm and finally St Michael's School in Garston for 1.30pm.
Money raised from the cycle will fund Olly the Brave lion teddy bears, which it is hoped will be given to children across the country undergoing treatment for leukemia or cancer.
In addition it will help support terminally ill or life-threateningly ill children and their families beyond what the NHS can offer.
To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Robinson9.
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