Terry, 72, training for challenge
A PENSIONER taking on a mammoth cycle challenge in a bid to go to Zambia and build a better future for the country's orphans and street children is training hard.
Terry Carter, 72, from Yate will ride the equivalent of 400 miles – the distance from Land's End to John O'Groats – in 24 hours at the Yate Leisure Centre on March 22 and 23.
He hopes to go to the capital Lusaka as part of a group helping to build classrooms at the Sprit of Life school which currently uses a church to teach.
The retired design engineer needs to raise money to travel to Zambia with Kingswood charity Aid International.
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He said: "The training is going well but think I will be doing four sets of three hour stints a day. You have to be careful not to stay off the bike for too long or your body seizes up.
"This week I'm eating rice and next it will be pasta. It's important I have the right diet."
Mr Carter was on the first trip to Lusaka organised by the charity in 2002 and decided he wanted to help again and help whilst he still could.
Aid International sends a building team out to Zambia each year to work on projects helping orphans and street children. The registered charity works in conjunction with the Fountain of Life Church in Lusaka and works on whatever is deemed most urgent and useful at the time.
The 15-day project leaves on May, Friday 31.
Mr Carter hopes to raise £3,000 to pay for his flights and building materials.
If you can help contact him on email@example.com.