DI will use pedal power to raise cash for charity

DI Jez Prior will cycle from London to Paris
DI Jez Prior will cycle from London to Paris

A DETECTIVE inspector from Bognor Regis will climb into his saddle in a bid to raise funds for charity.

DI Jez Prior will take on his latest charity challenge - cycling from London to Paris some 237 miles in three days in August.

The 46-year-old detective from the town, who works in the child protection unit, got the cycling bug when he joined the ‘cycle to work’ scheme a few years ago.

DI Prior said: “Through working with Body Shop International on their Domestic Violence programme, I wanted to join colleagues from the Body Shop Foundation on this charity ride which is to raise funds for AFRUCA - Africans Unite Against Child Abuse - which is a charity confronting child abuse and trafficking of African children in the UK.

“AFRUCA’s stance is that culture and religion should never be a reason to abuse children.

“This is an area close to my heart having worked in child protection on and off for over 15 years and now being one of the child trafficking leads for Sussex Police.”

In preparation for his latest challenge DI Prior has been clocking up to 150 miles a week for the last six weeks.

“It’s a tough challenge - 70 miles on day one, 90 miles on day two and just under 70 miles on day three - but I suppose that is what will make it worthwhile,” he added

More information for AFRUCA can be found at www.afruca.org.

To sponsor DI Prior visit http://virginmoneygiving.com/JezPrior.