Cycle ride to raise cash for charity

The cyclists pictured before they set off
The cyclists pictured before they set off
30 Battery 16 Regiment Royal Artillery lead the annual St Georges Day parade through Emsworth town centre. Picture Ian Hargreaves (180463-23)

IN PICTURES: St George’s Day parade in Emsworth

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SAILORS and airmen have set off on a 1,000-mile cycle challenge to raise money for armed forces charities.

Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel stopped off in Portsmouth on their charity trek from RAF Benson to Milan, Italy.

They are raising funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Forces Children’s Trust.

The team of 14 riders and two support staff will cycle for 1,000 miles and stopped off in Portsmouth at the South Coast Proms last weekend.

They are expected to arrive in Milan on Friday.

To find out more about their fundraising, or to support the team, visit 
virginmoneygiving.com/merlin1000.

You can also follow them on their adventure on Twitter 
@RAFBenson.