Father and son take on the South Downs Way for Charity

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A WEST Chiltington schoolboy is preparing to cycle 100 miles across the South Downs Way for charity.

Jack Algar, 12, and his father Stuart of Cope View, are setting off from Winchester on Friday August 12 and aim to complete the challenge in just two days finishing at Eastbourne.

The money raised will go to Sussex Air Ambulance, he chose the life-saving service because he lives near the Downs where the helicopter often lands to airlift injured horse riders, mountain bike riders and walkers.

The charity relies almost entirely on public donations and receives no National Lottery funding.

Jack said: “It’s going to be quite exciting but quite hard to complete the ride in that time. My friends at school think it’s quite a big challenge.”

The Rydon Community College pupil will be riding a mountain bike he won in an Easter Egg hunt organised by South Downs Bikes, Storrington, earlier this year.

Jack is a keen cyclist and has already completed the 37-mile Downs Link and regularly rides 15 to 25 miles.

His father Stuart, 41, is the Project Engineer for Astraeus Airlines based at Gatwick Airport.

He said: “We are immensely proud of Jack and this is a huge challenge for someone so young. Although it will be hard work, we are really looking forward to it.”

Their fundraising efforts has so far raised more than £100 of his target £300 online, where family and friends have left messages of support.

If you would like to sponsor Jack visit www.justgiving.com/Jack-AlgarSussexAirAmbulance.