Hucknall’s Tommy Holgate, better known by many as Tommy Lottery in a national newspaper, is preparing to handcycle the length of the UK for charity.
Tommy, whose parents livem,,,,,, will clock up 1,400 miles over 20 days in aid of Sport Relief.
He has been appearing in The Sun recently as Tommy Lottery, the mascot for their National Lottery/Sun+ Lotto campaign.
But he grew up in Hucknall and has returned home to train ahead of his departure on March 1.
He told the Dispatch: “I am handbiking the length of Britain for Sport Relief.
“It’ll be off-road, cycle paths and country lanes, which will involve 1,400 miles over 20 days (70 miles a day).
“The route I am taking is from the top of Scotland, at John O’Groats, to the bottom of England, at Land’s End.
“As a result, I will have to ride through day and night, camping along the way, unsupported with just a raw vegan diet and a tai chi recovery sequence for company.”
And he added: “The training process has really bolstered my respect for the physicality of wheelchair users and athletes alike, and I hope that this venture will help raise awareness of the exceptional nature of those who refuse to give in to perceived setbacks - for example triple amputee Corporal Josh Boggi, who was presented with a Sun Millies award by Sir Bradley Wiggins.”
Tommy has set up a blog, http://www.tommyhandbike.blogspot.co.uk.
Donations to Tommy’s fundraising appeal can be made by visiting the webpage my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/tommyholgate.