An animal lover from Cambridgeshire is taking on a 1,000 mile cycle challenge to raise funds for the RSPCA West Norfolk Branch.  

David Edis, 48, from Whittlesey, will be cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money to help animals at the branch’s Eau Brink Animal Centre in Tilney All Saints.  

So far, he has raised £1,600 on his Just Giving page and he is hoping that by the time he finishes the ride he will have hit his £2,000 target. 

David will set off on May 13 and will be riding with a team of eight riders from the Whittlesea Wheelers Cycling Club who are all fundraising for various charities. 

Husband and father-of-two David, who works for Nestle Purina Petcare in Wisbech, said he decided to fund raise for the RSPCA Eau Brink Animal Centre because of his love of animals and also through his job where he said pets are a passion. 

The company has been fully supportive of his efforts and have sponsored part of the ride and they recently made a large donation of pet food to the centre - while David and his colleagues also had a work volunteering day there - where they painted the centre’s reception.  

David said: “I am a keen cyclist and Ultra runner and have undertaken some tough physical endurance challenges in the past. 

“This undoubtedly will be one of the toughest challenges to date but I’m confident now the training is complete and thanks to all the support, encouragement and kind fundraising donations – I feel fully motivated and ready. 

“But I have my team mates with me - and we will all support each other throughout the ride.

"I love animals and they do an amazing job at the centre and I just wanted to help where I can.” 

Carl Saunders, general manager for the branch said: “We are so incredibly grateful to David for his fundraising efforts and we wish him all the best.

"Cycling 1,000 miles is a huge challenge and so we hope our supporters will get behind him and make a donation."

If you can make a donation please visit David’s Just Giving page