SADDLING up for charity is Olton cyclist, Matthew Franks who is gearing up to ride 250 miles through the Scottish Isles in a bid to raise funds for disadvantaged youngsters.
The London-based Account Manager is preparing for the challenge later this month which will see the 25-year-old push off in Oban then on to Mull and finally to Skye in the hope of boosting the coffers of Action for Children by £1000.
Matthew said: “I do a lot of work with the charity in London and they really could do with some support particularly during the recession. I have done some collections already and held a raffle at work so that’s raised around £400. I am cycling everywhere in preparation. There are lots of hills.
“I will actually reach 2,000 feet four times during the five days I am cycling.”
Oban is a bustling port and holiday town on the west coast of Scotland. It is also the ferry port for Mull - renowned for its wild scenery, as well as the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Matthew will also take in Skye’s extraordinary geological scenery including Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below.
The former Lyndon School pupil works in the city but still returns home often to the family home in Olton Wells Road. What do his parents think of his upcoming adventure?
“They are fully supportive but they do think I am mad!”
wAction for Children, formerly the national child helpline, supports and speaks out for the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people
If you would like to sponsor Matthew log on to www.justgiving/matthewfranks1.