West Group employees cycling to Africa to help schoolchildren

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Staff at a Waterlooville company are going the extra mile to help a charity provide bikes to schoolchildren in Africa.

Emily Conrad-Pickles and James Davis from The West Group are taking part in the London2Brighton challenge on Sunday.

The 62-mile ride is just the first leg of a 12-month 12,000-mile unsupported expedition the duo are undertaking by bike to Cape Town, South Africa.

They are hoping to raise money for World Bicycle Relief, a charity that provides locally-assembled, durable bikes to school children in rural Kenya, Zambia and South Africa.

However West Group managing director Stuart Barnett wanted to go one stage further and involve all staff at the company’s Waterlooville office, including retired West Group founder Brian West.

So those not riding to Africa will do the challenge in the office on exercise bikes, cycling continuously between them for 25 working days.

A £95 sum can provide a World Bicycle Relief bicycle to a student in need.

Visit uk.worldbicyclerelief.org for more information.