TWO North Devon men are cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in September to raise funds for two charities.

Rob Weatherley and Jon Gay from Coxleigh Barton, near Barnstaple in Devon are hoping to complete the gruelling 874 mile trip in just eight days.

Rob’s aunt Lynn is just one of approximately 200 women in the UK who suffer from Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, known as LAM, a rare incurable lung disease that only affects women. Rob will be raising money for LAM Action, a charity that funds research into finding a cure for the disease and provides a support network for sufferers.

Some proceeds of the ride will also go to Meningitis Now, the UK charity dedicated to saving lives and rebuilding futures for people affected by this disease.

Said Rob: “Like many people I had never heard of LAM Action and probably never would have but for the fact that my aunt was diagnosed with this illness. It has given what was initially going to be a week off with some riding and camping a more sincere and personal purpose.

“Meningitis Now is also close to my heart as I suffered from it as a young man and my son contracted it at around the same age.”

The two men will be supported by their friend Dave Palastanga, who will be driving the length of the country in a support vehicle with vital spares and resources for the ride.