Portsmouth pair gearing up for tough fundraising bike ride

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THEY may not be the most proficient of cyclists – but two nursery employees will undertake a 52-mile ride this Thursday to raise money for new toys and equipment.

Mike Sadler, 24, and Melanie Randell, 25, of The Haven Nursery in Landport, plan to cycle from Portsmouth to Bournemouth to pay for sun sails in their garden to protect youngsters from the hot sun.

Mike, pre-school team leader, admits he is relying on adrenaline and chocolate bars to see him through the challenge.

He said: ‘Mel’s been training really hard, cycling in to work three times a day as well as in her free time.

‘But I’m still taking the car. It’s going to be a tough challenge but I’m really looking forward to it and I hope lots of chocolate, Lucozade and adrenaline will keep me going. We hope we raise enough money to buy sun sails for our garden which is half-covered at the moment.

‘With the sails we would be able to cover the whole garden in the hot sun and make more use of it.

‘Any money left over would be used to buy new toys.’

Mike and Melanie, a nursery nurse, will set off at 9am and estimate the journey will take up to eight hours.

Mike added: ‘Hopefully the children will give us a good send-off.

‘It’s great to do something for them as well as our new batch of youngsters in September.’

So far the pair have been pledged about £300 in sponsorship but hope generous readers will take that number up to £500.

To sponsor them visit the nursery, call (023) 9289 0957 or make a cheque payable to The Salvation Army, Haven Nursery charity bike ride, The Haven Nursery, Lake Road, Portsmouth PO1 4HA.