Terry completes cycle challenge

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A CHARITY founder cycled 500km in searing heat to help spread the word about the dangers of alcohol.

Terry Martin, from Castle Hedingham, tackled the distance across Cambodia and Vietnam in seven days, raising nearly £2,000 for AlcoHelp – an alcohol abuse charity of which he has been a trustee since 2004.

“The most difficult thing was the heat, as it was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and we were cycling up to 100km every day – that takes it out of you,” said Mr Martin, who has tackled similar adventures in Mexico, India, Egypt, Russia and China.

AlcoHelp is planning to use the money to engage with schoolchildren around Sudbury over the next year.

“We go into schools to see children aged eight and up to provide workshops about alcohol and the effect it can have on them,” said Mr Martin, a recovered alcoholic who has been sober for 12 years.

q For more information on the charity, visit www.alcohelp.com.