A VINTAGE-style bicycle will carry a team of riders on a 120-mile journey, to raise money for a charity "close to their hearts". 

Cyclists will take it in turns to hop on the Pashley bike, which they will ride from Wales to Abingdon for brain tumour charity Blue Skye Thinking.

Rider Toby Franks, who lives in Abingdon, said: “We chose Blue Skye Thinking as although local to the area it is making significant progress nationally with their research work on brain tumours in children.

"It is also a cause close to some of our rider’s hearts as their children went to the same school that Skye did."

Blue Skye Thinking was set up in memory of inspirational five-year-old Skye Hall, who tragically died in August 2014 as a result of the treatment he received while battling an aggressive cancerous brain tumour called medulloblastoma. 

Mr Franks is among an eighteen-strong team from Outdoor Traders Cycling Club, based in Abingdon, who each will tackle a ten-mile stretch of the challenge on April 2.

They will ride from the Brecon Beacons in South Wales to local estate agent’s Breckon & Breckon's office in Abingdon, as two members of their staff are joining in the cycle. 

Sally Hall, 37, who set up Blue Skye Thinking with husband Andrew, wished the team good luck.

She added: "They have worked so hard to put this event on and this is just the beginning – they still have to get on their bikes and do the miles. The event is a great example of what a community can achieve when it pulls together."

The team hopes to raise £5000 for the charity, which raises money for research into new treatments for childhood cancer. 

Rather than sponsorship, the fundraising will come from a raffle which is open to the public. For tickets and more information, visit the Breckon & Breckon offices in Abingdon's High Street.