A retired Richmond firefighter has raised more than £2,000 towards a new public defibrillator.
Together with five friends, Steve Morris will cycle more than 240km along the Wolds Way on July 22 and 23.
Sponsorship money raised from the challenge will go to the Heart of Richmond, a community group which aims to install life-saving defibrillators across Richmond.
Steve is taking on the challenge in memory of his friend and neighbour, Tiny Power, from Richmond, who died suddenly in January.
So far, more than £2,100 has been donated, just short of Steve’s target of £2,250, which would pay for a defibrillator for the town.
Steve said: “Tiny was well known in the town and has left a big hole in our neighbourhood.
“After his death I suggested to his widow, Christine, that I raised money, in his memory, for a defibrillator, which she fully supported.”
Christine and his niece Skye are organising a raffle to help with the fundraising.
It is hoped this will raise enough to buy a second device.
To donate to the appeal, click here.