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The Novice Explorer takes on round-the-world solo bike ride for meningitis and cancer charities

PUBLISHED: 11:23 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:23 29 March 2017

Charles Hannaford

Charles Hannaford

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Charles Hannaford, 24, plans to tackle 100 miles-a-day, and five continents in nine months

A former Beth’s Grammar School student is about to embark on a round-the-world solo bike ride for charity.

Charles Hannaford, 24, plans to ride 100 miles-a-day through 20 countries, and five continents in nine months in a bid to raise £10,000 for Macmillian Cancer Support, and Meningitis Now.

Having finished training as a barrister, last year, Mr Hannaford decided to travel the world, and having personal experiences with both meningitis, and cancer, came up with a plan to combine his travels with fundraising.

“A close family friend’s young son died of meningitis when we were younger, and she’s always fundraising for the charity, so I thought it would be a great cause to include,” Mr Hannaford said.

“I then also have two friends from my friendship group, who have both lost their dads to cancer.”

Of his £10,000 target, Mr Hannaford, has so far raised £3,000, and hopes that updating his website - The Novice Explorer - throughout his trip will encourage people to keep adding to his fundraising pot.

He said: “My aim is £10,000, but it would be really amazing if I could get that amount for each charity, because the total is split between both organisations.”

This will be his first time tackling anything like this, so Mr Hannaford reached out to Mark Beaumont, round the world cyclist, and world wecord breaker, for advice and support.

“He’s been really helpful, especially when it comes to how much I should train, and what to bring with me - he’s going to be my patron throughout my journey,” he added.

After realising that he’d spent a big chunk of his savings on his bike and equipment, Mr Hannaford decided to reach out to businesses with the hope of finding sponsorship. etz, an Australian ‘recruitment solutions’ company, stepped forward, and have given the 24-year-old enough money to live on while travelling. And the budding traveller, admits telling all his friends and family, and contacting the charities, have spurred him on as “once you tell people you can’t back out.”

He said: “Mark said I should tell everyone because then I’d be embarrassed if I didn’t go through with it. So that’s what I did. At first all of my friends didn’t believe that I’d do it, but once I started contacting the charities, and donations started coming in, I realised that it is really happening.”

Mr Hannaford has promised to update his blog with videos and experiences from his trip.

“I’ve brought my GoPro with me, and an iPad mini so that I can update my family, and let my mum know I’m alive. I’ll be updating my website as I go along.”

The first stop on his trip will be the Effle Tower on day two. To see his travelling pictures, keep up-to-date with his trip, and to donate visit thenoviceexplorer.com

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