Getting in the saddle to meet a challenge

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 14 February 2014 Updated: 14/02 09:58

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A COOKHILL student will be putting pedal power to good use to raise money for a life-saving charity.

Ben Smith is set to cycle 300 miles from London to Newcastle in 24 hours this August in order to raise funds for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The 21-year-old, who is currently studying international relations at the University of the West of England before moving back to Warwickshire for a masters at Warwick University later this year, originally set his target at £400 but after an influx of donations in the first few days of fund-raising has now increased it to £1,400.

He told the Standard he currently trained most days as part of his university’s rowing team but would begin cycling-specific training in May ahead of the challenge.

“Last summer I was looking for a challenge and this challenge came up with a company called Ride24. I have seen the air ambulance in action quite a few times and I think they are a worthy cause which deserves a lot of time and attention,” he said.

“I chose £1,400 as this covers one entire air ambulance mission including all the costs incurred.

“I train almost every day of the week so I am pretty confident in that respect. I am also hoping to raise money through corporate sponsors and will be having a jersey made and selling advertising space on it in return for donations.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/Ben-Smith1992 to donate or e-mail ben92smith@yahoo.co.uk to sponsor his jersey.

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