SINGER Stacey Solomon will be giving her vocal cords a rest and her limbs a workout when she sets off on a charity cycle from Sudbury later this summer.
The 22-year-old, who finished third in talent contest The X Factor three years ago, will be making an appearance in the town as part of the Cycle Britain fundraising race in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Miss Solomon is urging people to sign up for the challenge and complete a 58-mile route from Sudbury to Grays on August 20.
“I’m really excited about Cycle Britain,” said the mother-of-two.
“I’ve just had a baby, so I’m not super-fit but I really wanted to help raise as much money as possible. The thought of someone I love getting Alzheimer’s is really scary and the money raised will help us learn more about it.”
The route forms the tenth day of the event, starting on Market Hill before passing along the River Stour and winding through surrounding villages.
Supermarket Iceland, for which Miss Solomon is a brand ambassador, is behind the race and is looking to raise £1million for dementia research by holding 16 bike rides covering a 1,000-mile loop of the UK.
Chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK Shirley Cramer said: “The money raised will support us in one of our most ambitious projects to detect Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages.
Those keen to get involved in the cycle must pledge to raise £200. To sign up visit www.cyclebritain.org.