AN EMSWORTH engineer joined two friends in cycling to raise money for two worthy charities.
Former Bishop Luffa student Matthew Bloodworth, 31, and his friends from work, Ewan Smith and Liv Blok, completed the Three Peaks challenge.
This involves climbing the highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon).
The three decided to take it one step further and cycle it instead.
They completed the challenge in one week, raising nearly £1,000 for charity.
One of the charities, Chestnut Tree House, is a children’s hospice in West Sussex which supports children with terminal or long-term illnesses.
Matthew has a heavy involvement with the second charity, the Engineers for Overseas Development.
The three civil engineers have all been to Uganda with the charity, to work on projects like the medical centre and orphanage in Soroti.
The charity’s present project is to refurbish the freshwater borehole in Malera, deep in rural Uganda.
It involves the construction of a solar-powered water pump and water storage tanks.
This will serve a community of more than 1,000 people and will serve as a cattle watering station for an area of 300 square kilometres.
The money raised from the cycle challenge will go towards the charity’s work in Africa and to the children’s hospice.
Support for the challenge came from Matt’s mum, Christine Strode, who said although she was unable to join them on the trek, she had been busy making cakes and held a summer party to raise more funds for the causes.
The group has nearly reached its target of £1,000.
To support the team, and donate to the cause, visit JustGiving