Havant-born fundraiser takes on 400 mile bike ride

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KEEN cyclist Matt Whiteley will pass through Portsmouth during a huge bike ride from Lands End to Dover.

Matt, 29, from London, grew up in Havant and will be returning to his home turf this weekend as part of the 400 mile challenge.

He hopes to complete the mammoth task in just two days in a bid to raise money for the anti-depression charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

It’s part of an even bigger challenge which Matt has set himself – to complete 6,561,680ft (2km) in a year.

He has already raised around £3,000 and completed 5,249,344ft (1,600km).

And as he nears his target, Matt says he will continue clocking up as many miles as possible throughout the rest of the year.

He said: ‘I just want to keep going and see how much I can do,the whole challenge is all about the distance.

‘But what keeps me going is knowing I’m doing it for such a worthwhile cause.

‘I’ve had friends that have suffered from depression, and sadly two of them have taken their own lives, so I can see how important it is to show people there’s support out there for them.’

To donate see uk.virginmoneygiving.com/thebig2mil