Sport Relief fundraiser meets Prime Minister before epic commute

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A MAN who is cycling to Reading every day this week to raise money for Sport Relief has been praised by the Prime Minister.

Andrew Brook-Holmes, from Portchester, went to visit David Cameron at 10 Downing Street earlier this week.

The 47-year-old, a business manager at Microsoft, hopes to raise £5,000 by cycling more than 600 miles.

He was part of a group of Sport Relief’s most dedicated fundraisers who met the Prime Minister.

Mr Cameron said: ‘It’s a real honour to welcome these heroes to Downing Street. From the truly imaginative to the relentlessly gruelling, many of them have overcome incredible personal challenges to help others.

‘Their sheer determination and moving stories are a real inspiration and I am sure they will inspire many more people right across the country to support this brilliant cause.’

Andrew’s challenge will see him cycle between three and five hours each way, setting off at 4am.

He said he was inspired to complete the gruelling commute after following comedian John Bishop’s fundraising triathlon last year.

Andrew said: ‘He suffered so much and I thought if he could put himself through that, I could do something, too. I’m a father and I find it incredibly tough to see some of those images: children suffering in Africa and here in the UK. We take so much for granted and it’s good to contribute something, to try to help if you can.’

This year’s Sport Relief is more ambitious than ever as, for the first time, the public can choose to run, swim or cycle as part of the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games taking place tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

The money raised goes to Comic Relief charities helping disadvantaged families both in the UK and abroad. For more information go to sportrelief.com.

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