Bath cyclists heading for Europe to help charities
Cyclists from Bath are setting off on a 12-day ride covering nearly 800 miles.
Eleven people aged 18-58 will be following the route of the Danube from its source in the Black Forest of Germany, to Budapest in Hungary, passing through Austria and Slovakia on the way.
The group, which leaves on Tuesday, hope to raise £20,000 which will be shared between Dorothy House Hospice Care and Macmillan Cancer Support.
The challenge was organised by Will Holdoway and his father Lindsay, managing director of HPH Commercial Property, who lost both of his parents to cancer.
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Will said: "We've always wanted to take on a big challenge in memory of my grandparents to raise money for local cancer charities."
The team's sponsors and supporters include Burges Salmon, Jones Lang LaSalle, Good Energy, and Total Fitness Bath.
For more information on the Danube 2012 challenge and to donate online visit http://uk.virgin moneygiving.com/Danube2012 or www.danube2012.co.uk.
Meanwhile, a blind cyclist from Bath has completed a 1,000-mile journey from Land's End to John O'Groats.
Chris Mairs, 55, who lives in Twerton, took the back seat of a tandem for his ten-day journey, with friend and personal trainer Guy Simpson, 45, acting as his eyes from the front seat.
The pair were aiming to raise £100,000 for the charity Fight for Sight.
Mr Mairs lost his sight at the age of 18 as the result of a rare degenerative eye condition, and is fundraising to send a doctor to the USA to research macular degeneration.
He said: "More research is desperately needed and if we can improve the lives of even a few sufferers then I will feel that this gruelling marathon has been worth it."
To support Mr Mairs visit www. keepyoureyesopen.org.uk.