Stourbridge father and daughter prepare for 100 mile charity ride

Preparing for the cycling challenge: Roger and Amy Southall.

Preparing for the cycling challenge: Roger and Amy Southall.

First published in News

A STOURBRIDGE father-daughter duo will jump in the saddle and pedal 100 miles for a charity close to their hearts.

Roger Southall, aged 55 and his 23-year-old daughter Amy, have spent months preparing for the Ride London event on August 10.

They hope to raise £1,500 for the blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan Trust, after losing a family member to the disease.

Over the years, Roger has completed the London marathon three times to raise funds for the charity but a knee injury has ruled out any further running challenges.

Undeterred, he decided to get on his bike - and Amy decided to join him.

Despite having no previous experience, Amy is determined to complete the challenge.

She said: "I wouldn't have been able to get this far in my training if it wasn't for my dad. He encourages me to carry on when the fatigue sets in.

"We are determined to cross the finish line side by side."

The pair have already raised £800 but hope to pull in the pounds and reach their target before the event.

Roger added: "We know first hand, as many families do, what it is like to lose a family member to such a horrible disease. So any money that we can raise means a lot to us and to the cause."

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