A group of Bath cricket players is about to set off on a 200-mile cycle ride to raise money for a new cancer centre in the city.
The group from the Ram Cricket Club has decided to swap their cricket whites for lycra this summer to raise funds for the planned new centre at the Royal United Hospital.
Five members of the social cricket team of the Ram pub will begin their 210-mile journey from Bath to St David’s in Pembrokeshire, Wales, at 8am on Thursday 9 July.
They will be joined by the partner of one of the players and her sister when they leave from the pub in Widcombe.
The three-day bike ride will take them across the Severn Bridge and through the South Wales mountains in Pembrokeshire before they reach St David’s Britain’s smallest city.
The cyclists will climb a total of 14,750 feet, riding through countryside, cities, forests and coastal paths.
A member of the cricket club, Bath architect Duncan Lawrence, said a small group of players and friends decided to do the sponsored bike ride instead of a cricket tour this year.
Mr Lawrence said: “Several members of The Ram Cricket Club have been touched by cancer and we decided we wanted to do something positive to help.
“We are hoping to raise some money for the Royal United Hospital Cancer Centre in Bath. This worthwhile project is aiming to raise £8.5 million to build a new cancer centre at the hospital.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor the Ram cyclists can do so at their Just Giving page.
The money they raise will go towards the Forever Friends Cancer Care Campaign, the RUH fundraising campaign for its new cancer centre.