A woman from Fareham will travel to Madagascar later this year to take on a gruelling cycle ride for charity.
Emily Cooper is doing it on behalf of Wave 105 Cash for Kids – and is calling on others to help smash her fundraising target.
Emily, who works as a wedding co-ordinator at the Langstone Hotel in Hayling Island, hopes her epic adventure will raise £2,500 for the worthy cause.
And she is within touching distance of her goal.
The 26-year-old will cycle 280 miles through the diverse terrain of the island off the east coast of Africa over five-and-a-half days in May to help support the 54,000 children in the Solent region who are financially, socially, emotionally or physically disadvantaged.
Emily said: ‘I’m so excited for the adventure that lies ahead. Not only does the Madagascar cycle give me the chance to see a new country and meet new people, it gives me the opportunity to conquer a physically and emotionally demanding challenge, while raising much-needed funds for children in need.
‘I’m training three times a week and have plenty of long-distance cycles organised so I can build up the physical endurance needed.
‘Between saddle sores and my fear of flying, I have a few terrors to face but it will all be worth it.
Clint Marsh, manager at The Langstone Hotel, said: ‘I have no doubt she will complete a difficult challenge in great style. We encourage anyone who can spare a few pounds to give what they can to help fund a truly worthy cause.’
To donate go to cyclemadagascar.everydayhero.com/uk/emily-cooper-cycle-madagascar.