A UTTOXETER swimmer who is swapping the pool for his bike is desperately appealing for help to reach his target to help those suffering in Africa.
Medal-winning athlete Adam Peaty, of Byrds Lane, will take to his bike for a 280 mile ride across Zambia, from Livingstone to Lusaka, on October 3, to raise money to support the work of Sport in Action and HIV/AIDS hospice care in Lusaka.
However, with little time before the epic ride, Adam still needs to raise just over £300 to reach his target of £1,000.
The 17-year-old has already received a donation of £250 from Dawnies Cafè, Age UK has been busy buying raffle tickets and Uttoxeter Cycle Centre has donated parts for his bike, among other donations, but he is still falling short.
His mother Caroline said: “If he does not get the rest of the cash he will have to dip into his savings which is his emergency money for his swimming.
“We really need support to raise money for the challenge, these are children at the end of the day and it doesn’t matter what country they come from.
“This is not going to be a holiday for Adam, it will be a valuable experience as it is a big challenge for him.
“He will be cycling in 40 degrees heat and camping or living with families in huts. We would be grateful to anyone who can come forward to donate some money.” Adam will be joining some famous faces for the challenge with double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington, Olympic bronze medallist Jo Jackson, former Commonwealth champion Ross Davenport and ex-swimmer Mel Marshall also taking part.
The team will set out from Livingstone on a fourday Bike for Africa challenge, supported by British Gas and UK Sport, to the capital Lusaka.
En-route they will visit a number of projects, also supported by UK Sport, such as ‘Go Sisters’ which empowers girls and women through sport.
Once in Lusaka they will give swimming lessons at a pool that has been renovated with £13,000 raised at a charity ball by Ms Marshall and where sport sits sideby- side with AIDS education workshops in a country experiencing a HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Mrs Peaty added: “Adam is doing really well. He has gone out for a ride with Rebecca Adlington, Jo Jackson and Mel Marshall as part of his training.
“All over summer he has been going on long rides as part of his training. He is really excited about it and taking on the challenge “His swimming training has kicked in as well now so October is going to be very busy for him.” The target is to raise £50,000 altogether which is earmarked for the construction of a physiotherapy wing alongside an already existing AIDS hospital.