A Farnborough student is gearing up for a cycle trek across France to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) on Sunday.
Seventeen year-old Alexander Bruce is joining fellow Radley College pupils Nick Bennett and JoJo Kelly to take on the 800km challenge, which will see the trio use pedal power to travel from St Malo to Biarritz in just six days.
The young cyclists hope to raise at least £10,000 for the health charity, which is working to reduce the frequency young people who die suddenly from cardiac problems.
Alex said: “Many of these young people were fit and active like us, with no outward signs of any cardiac problems. Family friends lost their son in this tragic way – the terrible consequences of his death for his family and friends are unimaginable and this prompted us to choose CRY.”
His mother, Jules Armson added: “We are excited and a bit nervous for the boys. It is a long way and they have been training hard. We will be with them all the way!”
So far Alex and his friends have raised more than £6,000 for the charity, but they are still £4,000 short of reaching their target.
If you would like to support Alex, Nick and Jojo, you can make a donation at: www.justgiving.com/portsmouth-to-pyrenees.