MINIBUS driver Laurence Bird has swopped four wheels in Bognor Regis for two.
Laurence is in a team of cyclists who are pedalling along the River Danube.
The journey of some 600 miles from its source in Germany to Vienna is in aid of Sammy Community Transport.
The money raised will help to buy a vehicle to be hired by a family of four or five and a wheelchair user.
This will fill a gap in the charity’s fleet. Laurence, 60, is the group’s youngest cyclist. Speaking before he set off, he said the ride was expected to end this weekend after ten days.
“I’m going with three friends from Felpham – Geoff Farrell, John Rowlands and Colin Childerhurst,” he said, adding helping with Sammy showed the value of its work in providing a vital transport link.
Laurence said: “It’s not just about taking them to doctors or hospitals for appointments. It’s all about breaking isolation. This vehicle would enable a family or small group to take a wheelchair-bound passenger with them.”
It will cost some £18,000. Email donations to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01243 827821.