Lecturers ride to Med for student

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TWO college lecturers will embark on a 670-mile bike ride to support a local charity looking after one of their students.

Lou Lamacraft and Rob Gillard, who teach animal science and business respectively, at South Downs College in Waterlooville plan to go from St Malo on the English Channel to Bezier on the Mediterranean coast in nine days.

To complete the challenge in aid of the Wessex Cardiac Centre, which has been treating 18-year-old Connor McKay since he was 11, they will need to cycle 130km a day.

Mr Gillard said: ‘Connor is the type of student that wants to do really well and works really hard, but unfortunately his health problems have set him back.

‘We all felt that it would be a great idea to raise some money for a charity that has helped one of our students so much.’

Connor, of Merthyr Avenue, Cosham, who is being treated for irregular heartbeat said: ‘It just blew me away when I heard they were doing this for the centre which does so much great work.

‘The challenge is outrageous and I hope they succeed!’

The lecturers and two friends hope to raise £1,500.

To support them visit justgiving.com/wessexheart