Ride to Rome for animal charity

Angus Smith
Angus Smith

A Chackmore father-of-two is setting off on a fundraising cycle ride to Rome, in aid of a local animal charity.

Angus Smith, aged 47, is planning to cycle all the way there, covering 1,450 miles and climbing around 70,000ft over the Alps.

He will be cycling with his friend Dominic Whyte, from Cheltenham, and the pair will be towing trailers carrying their tents and camping en route. They have been training hard for the last six months and plan to reach Rome on August 14.

Angus, an operations manager in the insurance industry, will be saying goodbye to his wife, Sarah, and daughters Ellie, aged 16, and Jess, 13, on Sunday.

And what do the family make of his adventure? Angus said: “They’re used to it because I’ve done it in the past and they know I’m a mad keen cyclist. I cycle all the time.”

Angus and Dominic have previously cycled round the coast of Ireland in 2005 and from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 2007, raising £5,000 for national charities.

This time they hope to raise £1,000 for The Algernon Trust, in Whittlebury, an animal sanctuary, re-homing and wildlife rescue centre run by one woman with a team of volunteers that cares for elderly and abandoned cats, dogs and injured wildlife.

Angus said: “Animals are close to my heart and I have previously supported large international animal charities, but this time I wanted to support a local charity where I thought the money raised would be particularly welcome. The Algernon Trust fitted my brief perfectly.

“Jane runs the charity herself and does great work for the local cats, dogs and wildlife population which I think is amazing.”

Donations can be made online at www.virginmoney/giving.com/teamGusnDom

Follow the cyclists on their Facebook page Home2Rome