North Elmham brothers aim to pedal round all 92 Football League grounds for charity

Two Norfolk brothers will pedal their way round all 92 Football League grounds on a charity challenge.

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Phillip Milbourne, 31, and his brother Richard, 29, of North Elmham, said they both enjoyed watching cycling events on TV, and were inspired to get in the saddle themselves to raise money for charities that helped their parents.

Their mother Lorna taught for many years at St Faiths Primary School, and their father Andrew spent 20 years as head teacher of Dereham St Nicholas Junior School.

Lorna was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and was treated at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and Andrew was diagnosed with an autoimmune liver condition in 1997.

He had a successful liver transplant in 2011, carried out at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Both of them recovered, although regular post-transplant check-ups continue.

Phillip and Richard therefore picked Breast Cancer Care and the British Liver Trust as their chosen charities.

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Both are keen basketball players - with Richard playing for College of West Anglia Fury - and had a good level of fitness already, but they have had to put in the hours to prepare for the epic 2,300 mile challenge.

'We'd done a bit of cycling before and we're enthusiastic viewers of cycling, but we've never done anything quite as big as this,' said Richard, who works as a supply teacher. 'It's been a matter of dragging ourselves out every day and at least doing a bit.

'It's not been too bad, and we did the London to Brighton night ride as practice and Phil is doing the London to Southend ride this weekend.

'It's just trying to find the motivation when it's windy and rainy to go out.'

They have mapped out the challenge over 30 days, starting on Monday, July 27 at Addenbrooke's and finishing on Wednesday, August 26 at Upton Park, home to West Ham United in London.

Diana Higman, world champion transplant cyclist, will cycle a leg of the ride from Peterborough to Derby with the two brothers and is delighted to be helping raise awareness of both charities.

'It is an honour to be able to take part and hopefully raise awareness a little more for both charities,' she said.

Kate Pearse, of Breast Cancer Care, and Audrey Cornelius, of the British Liver Trust, thanked them for their efforts. During the ride the brothers will also raise awareness of the NHS Organ Donor Register.

They have set a fundraising target of £92,000 - £1,000 for each club they visit - and said they had had positive responses from many clubs, with Port Vale the first club to respond.

They are also appealing to any businesses who can help them with kit, sponsorship or support.

For more details and to sponsor them, see www.pedalforpounds.co.uk

If you are a business that can offer support, email pedalforpounds@gmail.com

Do you have a cycling story? Email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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