A Hadleigh man is taking on the John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle challenge to help his company reach its £180,000 charity fundraising target.
Andrew Thomson, 43, from Red Hill Road will take part in the 1,000 mile trek in September – the equivalent of more than 38 marathons – to raise money for The Outward Bound Trust.
A member of Hadleigh Cycling Club, Andrew is a regional manger for Dulux Decorator Centres.
He has already covered 3,500 miles in training but this is the first time he has undertaken such a feat of endurance, which will take nine days and nights.
He said: “Although I spend a lot of my spare time cycling, this will be an enormous challenge and one that I’m not taking lightly.
“I’m dedicating a lot of time to training at the moment, which will hopefully pay off when it comes to doing it for real.
“The Outward Bound Trust plays a vital role in helping young people to realise their potential through learning and adventure in the wild, and the money we raise will make a real difference to the charity’s goal of delivering life-changing experiences to more than 30,000 young people each year by 2017.”
The challenge forms part of the annual Deloitte Ride Across Britain, and as one of the event’s partners, Dulux plans fundraising activities in each of its 188 stores.