Marcus Trescothick joined by North Devon cyclists on third day of “Banger’s Big Bike Ride” on behalf of the hospice

CRICKET star Marcus Trescothick swapped his whites for his cycling shorts this morning (Wednesday) as he and fellow fund raisers called in at Little Bridge House in Fremington during a charity cycle challenge for Children’s Hospice South West.

The Somerset County Cricket Club captain and former England star, nicknamed “Banger,” is riding the 350 mile from Bristol to St Austell over five days, stopping off at each of the three CHSW hospices on the way.

This morning he and a number of cyclists, including youngsters from the Barnstaple based Taw Velo Cycling Club, plus teenage surfing champion Laura Crane from Georgeham, called in at Little Bridge House for breakfast with some of the children and their families

Then it was time for “Banger’s Big Bike Ride” to hit the road as the group set off for Exeter. Marcus will also be dropping in on a number of schools en-route, sharing his experiences which include his record for making the fastest half-century in any English 20-20 innings and passing on some tips of the game.

“I’m really looking forward to getting in the saddle and notching up the miles,” said Marcus.

“The real highlight for me though was meeting the children and families at the hospice. Their strength will be my motivation to keep me going when the tiredness and sore legs kick in.”

He has already completed one CHSW fundraising cycle and this latest challenge is sponsored by Clydesdale Bank, together with a number of South West companies.

Karen Edgington, Head of Fundraising for Children’s Hospice South West (east) added: “We’re really grateful for all the support Marcus has shown CHSW over the years.

“His continued fundraising enables us to provide life limited children and their families with a sanctuary where they can make the most of precious time together.”

You can sponsor Marcus by going to www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MarcusTrescothick. To find out more about the work of Children’s Hospice South West, visit www.chsw.org.uk