AN 85-year-old great grandfather who set off to cycle from St Davids to Stafford last July has made it home, despite having to postpone his 200 mile quest after a bike injury.

Dick Venables' initial bike ride was cut short after he had a fall at speed on a mountain road near Aberystwyth. He was bruised and bloodied but given a clean bill of health by his doctor. And was determined to continue the ride in September.

Dick is hoping to raise £10,000 for the Pratigya Children's Shelter in India which provides a safe place for young girls who are at risk of being forced into sexual exploitation in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

Last year Dick and his grandson Marcus cycled the route in reverse, from Stafford to St Davids and raised over £13,000, with donations going to Dalit Freedom Network UK, a trafficking prevention organisation working with women and children from poor and marginalised communities, including Dalits (Untouchables).

True to his word Dick travelled back to Aberystwyth and got back on his bike earlier this month.

He arrived safely in Stafford on Saturday and has so far raised £3,854 so far towards his £10k target, with his doubling all donations.

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