A sporty group of cyclists pedalled 130 miles along the Grand Union Canal from Birmingham to Hemel Hempstead in an effort to raise money in memory of a young boy.
The group of 20-strong cyclists – a mixture of amateurs and the more seasoned – completed the challenge over two days, with an average of 10 hours of pedalling each day, for children’s charity Charlie’s Gift.
Set up by Jason and Nicole Fidler after their eight-year-old son Charlie died in 2010 following an anaphylactic shock, the organisations works to provide grants to children in Herts, Beds and Bucks who are disadvantaged through illness, bereavement and poverty.
The team, dubbed Charlie’s Heroes, have raised more than £7,800 for the cause. After their tiring effort, the group were welcomed home by family and friends at Boxmoor Cricket Club.
Jason, who lives in Boxmoor, said: “Our hope in completing the cycle ride is to be able to raise money for children whose lives are touched by adversity.
“We’d like to be able to give them a financial helping hand in making their lives a little happier.”