Two brothers from Milton Keynes are taking on a 300 mile cycling challenge to raise funds for the NSPCC.
Luke Garratt, 32, and Karl Moritz, 39, are taking on the gruelling London to Paris bike ride this September.
Covering 300 miles over four days, the ride starts among the hustle and bustle of London before heading out into the Kent countryside, over the Channel and onto the quiet French roads to Paris.
They have a combined fundraising total of £3,250 and have already raised more than £2,100 between them.
Luke, who works for the National Offender Management Service and has a ten-month old daughter, said: “I decided to take part in the London to Paris bike ride as I wanted to combine a challenge with raising money for a fantastic cause. With the recent arrival of my baby daughter I’ve begun to see things differently and this challenge combines everything I want to achieve.
“There are too many vulnerable children out there with little, if any, support. The end goal of putting a stop to child cruelty across the country is one I could not chose to ignore.
“Training is already proving challenging but I am determined to see it through. By doing the challenge with my brother, we’ll be able to support each other throughout whilst hopefully enjoying it on the way!”
Karl, who has two daughters, aged 18 and 13, and a nine-year-old son and works at Volkswagen Group UK’s National Learning Centre, said: “There are too many children living in poor environments being neglected and abused who have no voice or support. Raising money for the NSPCC will keep up the great work they do raising awareness and helping the more unfortunate children who need help.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of riding 300 miles in four days but also raising money in the process is a great thing too. If the money we raise helps one child in need then that will be enough.
“The training is gradually getting easier as I am going further and hopefully this will make it easier to take in the sights of the countryside both sides of the Channel.”
Luke and Karl set out from Blackheath Common early on Wednesday, September 3, and will travel to Paris via Calais, Arras and Compiégne. They will cross the finish line under the Eiffel Tower on September 6.
To sponsor Luke and Karl visit www.justgiving.com/lukegarratt1 and www.justgiving.com/karl-moritz.
There are still spaces left to take part in the challenge on behalf of the NSPCC. To find out more and to register your place, visit www.nspcc.org.uk/getinvolved.