Matthew is set to cycle 620 miles for his father

Matthew Waite of Podington is set to cycle 620 miles
Matthew Waite of Podington is set to cycle 620 miles
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A father-of-two is set to cycle 620 miles in memory of his father.

Matthew Waite, 46, of Podington, is set to cycle from Drumnadrochit in the Scottish Highlands to Kirkby Malzeard in North Yorkshire.

Matthew Waite of Podington is set to cycle 620 miles

Matthew Waite of Podington is set to cycle 620 miles

The ride is in memory of his father Donald, who passed away last year aged 76 following a long and brave battle with diabetes.

Matthew is teaming up with friend and fellow cycling enthusiast Phil Sandall.

The pair will set off on Saturday (July 7) and hope to cover the distance in nine days.

Matthew has spent months training for the challenge, which will see him cover up to 85 miles a day.

He is aiming to raise £2,000 for the four charities who helped to look after his father - Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstans), Diabetes UK, Kidney Research UK and the RNIB.

Matthew said, “After seeing my father bravely battle with diabetes and in later years kidney failure, amputations and blindness, I felt compelled to do something to help other sufferers. I am sure that the money we raise will help four amazing charities to continue making a positive difference to people’s lives.

“We’ve set ourselves a tough challenge, but I am enjoying my training and I’m looking forward to pushing myself to the limit to raise funds for their vital work.”

To sponsor Matthew donate via his fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/teams/fordon