Footballer to swap boots for bicycle on charity rides

Ben Austin is swapping his boots for the saddle

Ben Austin is swapping his boots for the saddle

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FOOTBALLER Ben Austin is swapping the pitch for pedals this week and cycling the equivalent of the London to Brighton bike ride every day for five days.

Ben, who is the captain of Eastbourne Borough, has already raised £700 in sponsorship money for his charity bike ride and plans to split it between the British Heart Foundation and the MS Society.

A teacher at a school in Chailey, Ben is cycling from his home in Eastbourne to work and back every day for the working week - a 50-mile round trip each day.

Ben said, “This makes a grand total of 250 miles cycled during the week.

“To put this into perspective, it is the equivalent of completing the London to Brighton bike ride every day for five days.”

The Eastbourne Borough footballer chose the charities as his mother Sue suffers with MS and his partner Becky lost her father to heart disease.

Ben said, “Becky lost her dad to heart disease two years ago and the impact on the family was devastating.

“As such I am doing my bit to raise money for the British Heart Foundation so that others may not have to go through the same experience.

“My mum is a long-term sufferer of MS and along with my dad is now working on a voluntary basis for the MS Society.

“The society relies heavily on funds raised to enable them to continue supporting those of all ages who suffer with the condition including Mum.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Ben can do so via his justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/Ben-Austin0