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LONDON TO PARIS I CYCLE TOURS


“Never Give Up”: F


ollowing a near fatal accident Dan Cannell started cycling to help recover his fitness and mobility. He went on to


complete the ultimate endurance charity challenge - the London to Paris 24 (L2P24)- to raise money for the disability charity Scope.


After being knocked off his motorbike by a van five years ago Dan, 32, was only saved by a passing doctor who performed road- side surgery to re-inflate his collapsed lungs.


His injuries were so extensive that he was given just 24 hours to live. But Dan eventually pulled through, after spending 19 days in coma.


“It was a long road back to health and I had to be completely ‘rebuilt’ by doctors. But I’ve still been left with an arm with limited movement and issues with my leg as a result of the accident,” says Dan, who is a Finance Clerk for Asda.


He was recovering from his accident at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry when he


made friends with other people on his ward - one guy had had a stroke, and had lost the use of his left side, and a young guy who had multiple sclerosis. These friendships gave him a better understanding of how disabilities can affect people.


Dan says, ““Even though I am nowhere near as disabled as many other people, having issues both physically and mentally as a result of my accident I can relate to it better than most.


“That was one of the reasons I got


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