Charitable PCSO to ride to Beijing

19th Mar 2013

A PCSO from Hertfordshire will travel from London to Beijing by motorbike to put a local charity on the map and raise money for people with learning difficulties.

PCSO Ian Martin, who works in Kings Langley, is aiming to complete the 13,000-mile trip in 80 days, setting off from the Ace cafe in London next month.

Mr Martin felt it was the perfect time to attempt such a challenge, stating "you only live once".

"I am really pleased to be raising money for such a good cause. The Waterside Centre are always very welcoming and I wanted to do it for this local charity because of all the fantastic work it does in the community," said the 56-year old, who has previously completed Route 66.

"It is a good small, local charity and I hope to raise awareness of their work and campaign."

Mr Martin will begin the journey to Beijing with 12 friends. The Great Wall of China is among the attractions he is most excited to see during "an amazing experience".

"We are determined and confident we will make it all the way but there will be a few challenges along the way," added Mr Martin.

"We may have some problems because sometimes it is very difficult to get across the borders at certain places. However, we will do our best to get around this and complete the trip."

Mr Martin's goal is to raise £1,000 for the Waterside Centre, with £100 already pledged to the cause.

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