A WORCESTER army sergeant is on his way to completing a gruelling cycle ride to raise money for a charity close to his heart.
Andy Carlyle, who is currently based in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, is undertaking a 3,600 mile journey to raise £1,500 for the Stroke Association.
The 30 year-old is cycling the equivalent distance between Afghanistan and Worcester on an exercise bike, which sees him cover 31 miles each day in temperatures over 40 degrees.
Sgt Carlyle said he was inspired to take on the challenge after his dad suffered a stroke last year.
“We were devastated when my dad had a stroke, but thanks to the amazing work of the staff at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and the Stroke Association, he’s on the road to recovery,” he said.
“He’s doing all he can at the moment to get back on his feet and walking again, and a daily cycle of 31 miles is my way of doing my bit to support him while I’m in Afghanistan.
“I’m on active duty in Camp Bastion until November, so I have one more month to go until I’ve cycled the distance from Afghanistan to Worcester.
“The heat is one of the hardest things I have to deal with, but I’m determined to do as much as I can to raise funds for an incredible charity.”
Sophie James, community and events fund-raising manager at the Stroke Association, said: “Andy is a true inspiration to take on such an incredible challenge as a way of thanking those who have cared for his Dad.
“It would be fantastic if the people of Worcester could get behind and show support for his fund-raising in Afghanistan by making a donation.”
To support Sgt Carlyle and make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Andy-Carlyle.