A St Mary's family are to spend the school summer holidays cycling the length of the UK for charity.

Julian Morel, his wife Michelle and sons Finley, 14, and Shea, 11, will cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise awareness and money for Alzheimer's Society.

Julian, a science technician at Five Islands school, said of the trip: "We're camping so we’ll be carrying our tents and sleeping bags all the way. We’ll be totally self-sufficient. It’s a proper get away from it all type of challenge."


The family will travel around 1,300 miles across the five weeks of the school holidays, stopping off and looking around when the mood takes them en route. 


Their training has seen them progress from cycling 5 miles around St Mary's to 120 miles a week.


They chose to raise money for Alzheimer's Society because of a personal connection to their family.


Michelle's father passed away from the condition two years ago, while Julian's dad has early onset dementia.

Julian said: "I’m getting excited but I do get nervous. We’re a long way from home and our only way home is our bikes. Once we’re up there that’s our only form of transport and our tents are our only accommodation. 


"It’s just us as a family taking on something, we just want to be with us and experience it as us. The boys are growing up so Michelle and I see it as our last chance to do something really big together."


If you wish to support the family's fundraising efforts with a donation, see www.justgiving.com/Julian-Morel.

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