AVID fundraiser Jono Lancaster is gearing up for a charity challenge on two wheels.
The 27-year-old documentary star will cycle almost a thousand miles from London to Monaco to raise cash for his chosen charity, Life For A Kid Foundation.
Jono, who grew up in Featherstone, is now hoping businesses and the public will help him get on the road by offering everything from sponsorship to suncream.
He said: “I’ve done quite a bit of fundraising before but I wanted to do something challenging and epic and the bike ride was one of the things suggested to me.
“I’ve got a full year to train and get up and running. I haven’t ridden a bike for years so I’ve committed to doing something massive and I just need some help getting some sponsors on board.
“It could be good publicity for businesses and there’s all sorts of ways people can help, by donating things like vitamin supplements or bike helmets or suncream – anything they can think of really.”
Jono – a patron of the Life For A Kid Foundation – shot to TV fame starring in several BBC documentaries raising awareness of his genetic condition Treacher Collins syndrome.
He will be joined by nine fellow cyclists on the bike ride challenge which will see the team cover 950 miles in nine days next June.
He said: “The charity continues to get more and more children turning to them for help so I wanted to do something huge and help as many of them as I can.
“The last time I went on a bike was when I was about 13, it was a baby blue bike from a car boot sale. The fact we’re going to be biking six to eight hours a day, well I don’t think I’ve thought it through. I’m going to have a love-hate relationship with this new bike.”
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