THE twin towns of Stockport and Beziers are going to be linked in a very different way over the next few weeks as two friends undertake a fund raising scheme with a difference.
Brian Anthony and Peter McDonald will be travelling the 1,000 miles between the north west of England and south west France on a tandem, to raise money for the homeless charity Wellspring.
The pair will cycle through the UK, dropping in on Downing Street to highlight the work that Wellspring undertake, before heading across the Channel to pass through Paris, Lyon, Montpellier and finally Beziers.
And just to add a little extra Brian will be leaving his home in France to start the journey from Stockport on Tuesday (May 1), oh and he is registered blind.
Brain said: "I'm registered blind in fact and this year has already been an adventure for me and my family with our Dordogne life style change, but in parallel I'm determined to help make the charity ride a success.
"My blindness and determination I hope can inspire others to do something for their own local community, and by doing the venture in tandem with Peter, we hope to demonstrate team work can overcome and help achieve incredible things."
The pair are undertaking the challenging tandem tour to support the Wellspring centre which offers shelter, advice and educational services to homeless people in Stockport and Greater Manchester.
"Being homelessness related we often find it gets the 'switch off' response, unlike other charities," Brian said.
"But we absolutely know the positive good our charity work does in helping genuine homeless people through a range of circumstances, and then supporting them back in to society."
Brian and Anthony will be keeping schools in Stockport, other organisations and supporters in touch with their travels via their 1001 Mile Journey website, as well as enabling those who want to support their work the chance to donate online.