CHARITY MATTERS: Cyclist tackles his own Tour de France

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PRINTER Mike Hissey is creating his own Tour de France by cycling from Grove to Paris to raise funds for forces charity Help for Heroes.

Mr Hissey is one of 50 riders who will set off for Paris on April 5, 2013.

The 30-year-old, who works for ViaTech Publishing Solutions in Kingston Bagpuize, is hoping the group will raise £75,000 for the charity.

He said: “I started a Facebook page and within a couple of weeks about 50 cyclists had said they would join me.

“I have been in touch with Help for Heroes and they were delighted that we were doing this on their behalf.

“I have organised a fundraiser at Grove Rugby Club on September 22 and we are hoping lots of people will come along.

“I chose Help for Heroes because I have friends in the Army and I admire their courage.

“They are putting their lives on the line for their country and I thought this would be the least we could do.”

Mr Hissey is now preparing a route for the trip which he hopes to complete in five days.

He added: “I only started cycling three or four months ago.

“I cycle about 16 miles a day, going to and from work, but we will step up training as we get nearer the start date.

“RAF personnel from Brize Norton have been in touch to say they want to join us on the ride.”

Anyone who wants to make a donation should visit www.bmycharity.com/  mikehissey

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