A Weston Hospicecare supporter, who frequently tackles physically and mentally-demanding challenges to raise money for the charity, has completed a 24 hour cycling challenge in just 18 hours 36 minutes.

Graham Hunt is taking on a year of fundraising challenges on behalf of the hospice to celebrate its 30th year of caring. Graham’s wife Victoria was also cared for by hospice which is the driving force behind his motivation to support the charity.

After cycling 58.5 miles from London to the south coast, there was a four-and-a-half hour ferry ride from Newhaven, East Sussex, to the French town of Dieppe. From there he cycled more than 125 miles to Paris in 9 hours 17 minutes.

He said: “The ride was totally amazing and I was lucky enough to meet some incredible people. It was cold, I had a puncture and I fell over twice but it was the most amazing experience of my challenges so far.”

Graham completed 30 laps of swimming for 30 consecutive days in January, embraced a 30 hour walk in February, rowed 30km for 30 uninterrupted days in March, sat in a bath full of slime for 30 hours in April before completing his London to Paris ride.

Among other challenges he will also take part in a 30-hour football match, run 30 marathons in 30 successive days and on Sunday 2 June will tackle Weston Hospicecare’s Mendip Challenge by running the 30-mile route.

The Mendip Challenge is the charity’s flagship fundraising event and nearly 800 people have already signed up to take on either 10, 20 or 30 miles of Mendip Hills to support the hospice’s work. A figure which is estimated to be 140 sign ups ahead of 2018 with less than two weeks to go until registration closes.

To support Graham’s fundraising efforts, leave a donation on his JustGiving page by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/graham-hunt-6610.

To register for the Mendip Challenge, and for more information about the event, visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk/mendip.

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