An young earthquake survivor has cycled 50 miles from Teddington to Brighton in aid for an international development charity.

Paul Collins, 12, survived two earthquakes when he was nine. He felt empathy for the victims of the earthquake in Indonesia and decided to take on the challenge in air of Tearfund's Indonesia Tsunami Appeal,

He set of on the 50 mile ride from Tearfund's base in Teddington shortly before 8:00 am on October 6. He arrived in Brighton in the late afternoon, at around 4:30 pm.

Paul said: "When I heard that an earthquake had struck Indonesia, I could understand how people must have been feeling and I wanted to help. It’s like after losing something you love: when you see someone else lose the same thing, you can’t just stand there and watch. So I decided to take on this challenge.

"When we set off from Teddington we cycled through Bushy Park and saw lots of deer in the mist’ said Paul, describing the journey he made with his supporting team. It was cold at first, but as we left the city the sun came out and it gradually warmed up. The first 25 miles were quite easy and flew by, but the second half of the journey, which was mainly on cycle paths beside the main roads, was more challenging, especially as the wind began to pick up.

"There was one final, very long hill before the great descent into Brighton. I felt relieved and happy when we arrived, and I was looking forward to having fish and chips! We sat on the beach and watched the sun set over the sea."

Back in 2015 Paul was living with his family in Nepal when two major earthquakes struck the country, killing more than 8,000 people and leaving millions facing hardship. Paul said, "When the first earthquake struck I was in church. At first I just thought it was a tremor but as everyone left the building I realised it was much more than that. During the following weeks and months there were many aftershocks, and just after I had started school again the second earthquake struck. During much of this time we had been sleeping in the garden under a tarpaulin because it was too dangerous to sleep in our house."

When he returned to the UK in the summer of 2015 with his parents Steve and Jude, who both work for Tearfund, Paul didn’t forget his experience in Nepal. Although then only nine years old, he wanted to use his love of cycling to help rebuild the country he had so recently left. He set off on a 100-mile ride across north Yorkshire, raising over £4,000 in sponsorship for Tearfund's Nepal Earthquake appeal.

Paul, who was accompanied on his latest cycle ride by his parents and a colleague of has set up a JustGiving page for donations. To support his appeal for tsunami and earthquake survivors in Indonesia, please visit