A pair of intrepid cyclists will experience the wonders of Vietnam as they cross the country on a bike ride for charities.
Ashley Gibson, 23, of Mill Bank Close, Sowerby Bridge, and friend Jamie Fradgley, 23, of Hubberton Green, Sowerby Bridge, will cycle 660km across Vietnam in October - each for different charities close to their hearts.
Ashley will be raising money for Cardiomyopathy Association and New Start, a transplant charity, as his dad Darren, 45, of Hove Edge, Brighouse has the condition and is currently waiting for a heart transplant.
He said: “My dad’s been on the waiting list since 2011. I wanted to do something for charity and CMA have helped him over the past years.
“Cycling is just something I enjoy. I took it up about three years ago and go every weekend.
“This trip will be eight days of riding - with the shortest day doing 50km. I think on day four we climb to 1,000 metres above sea level. I’m really looking forward to it.”
His friend Jamie is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, in memory of his cousin Edward Priest, who died aged 15 in 2004 in the south of England.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a good experience and a great way to see the world - but doing it for the right reasons.”
The pair have had an enterprising way of raising cash for the trip - by selling advertising spaces on their T-shirts - which they also use to train in the gym and out and about in Calderdale - to companies. They’ve had donations from Forrest Hill Transport, Hs Atec, Tommy Topsoil, Ryburn Building Supplies, Heaps removal & Storage, After Accident Care, Skircoat Green Physiotherapy, Range Services Ltd.
The former Ryburn Valley High School pupils hope to raise more money for their charities.
To sponsor Ashley, visit http://www.doitforcharity.com/ashleygibson or text ASHG89 £(amount) to 70070.
To sponsor Jamie, visit www.justgiving.com/Jamie-Fradgley or text TCTJ89 £(amount) to 70070.