Mark Saunders from North Devon has reached his fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of local people and groups

Mark Saunders (right) and Anne Clayton are presented with a cheque by Charles Moore in Torrington.Mark Saunders (right) and Anne Clayton are presented with a cheque by Charles Moore in Torrington.

A North Devon man who cycled across the USA last summer has hit his £5,000 fundraising target.

Mark Saunders, 54, travelled more than 3,500 miles from the East to West costs to raise money for the See Hear Centre in Barnstaple.

Following a recent talk to the Rotary Club of Torrington he was presented with a cheque for £400 by Charles and Jane Moore, plus a donation of £200 from the club matched by a further £200 from the Richard Griffith Moore Memorial Fund.

They bring his total to date to £5,039.75.

Mark chose to support the See Hear Centre - run by the disability charity Living Options Devon due to his own hearing loss. He said: "I have had a serious hearing loss since I was five years old due to measles and an important part of this challenge is to raise much needed funds to help the See Hear Centre - a valuable resource for anyone with hearing or sight loss and one which has supported me for a number of years."

Centre manager Anne Clayton added: "We are absolutely delighted Mark achieved his personal goal of raising over £5,000 and are very grateful for all the generous donations.

"The money Mark has raised is helping us provide vital equipment demonstrations and support services for people who have hearing and/or sight loss, enabling them to continue to live independent lives."