Former Midhurst Rother College pupil embarks on epic cycle ride

Tom Barnes during his 3000km European bike ride
Tom Barnes during his 3000km European bike ride

A former Midhurst Rother College pupil has embarked on a 3,000km cycle across Europe in a bid to raise funds for a vital cause.

Tom Barnes, 25, has taken to the saddle to raise funds for the Community Head Injury Service (CHIS) based in Buckinghamshire, where he completed a work placement during his time at Surrey University.

Tom is cycling 3,000km through France, Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland, spending a total of two months on the road. Alongside his 150-euro bicycle, aptly-named Francoise, he is hoping to raise a £1 for every kilometre he cycles and is expected to finish his epic journey in time to be home for Christmas. He has already completed around 700km and is currently in Verona.

Tom’s mum Debra Barnes said: “We are very proud of Tom and what he has set out to achieve. He decided it would be an excellent opportunity to raise badly needed funds for the CHIS.

“He was impressed and affected by the amazing work the unit does and felt this was an opportunity to raise awareness of the organisation and gain some sponsorship for his epic journey,”

He completed his work placement with CHIS in 2009 while he was studying Psychology and Sociology at Surrey University and graduated in 2010 and has since spent a gap-year travelling, has worked in Canada and currently lives and works in France.