A Pembroke biker has set off on an epic 5,000 mile ride to raise money for orphans.

Patryk Borajkiewicz, 30, originally from Poland, owns a building company in Pembroke, will be joining hundreds of other fanatics from across his motherland for the International Motorcycle Katyn Rally.

The event, now in its 14th year, is held in aid of Polish orphans and to commemorate the memory of all Polish soldiers and those who have died in wars, fighting communism and fascism.

Patryk set off from Pembroke Castle yesterday (August 14), but the official start will be from Piłsudskiego Square in Warsaw on August 23.

The journey will see him travel part of the historical route of Polish soldiers during the Second World War. He will travel through Poland, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, returning to Warsaw on September 14.

The motorcyclists will lay wreaths, light candles and pray, and they will also be giving out clothing, toys and medication to orphanages along the way.

“This will be an incredible adventure but is has a serious point,” said Patryk.

“I think I’m probably the only person from Pembrokeshire and possibly even the UK to be taking part.

“I understand that people face tough financial times and they may ask why they should make a donation to Polish orphans but these children have nothing and it’s heartbreaking.

“I know the people of Pembrokeshire are very generous, so I hope they will be able to donate because every penny really does help and makes a huge difference to these children.”

To make a donation visit Patryk’s page at facebook.com/PembrokeToKatyn