A young Carrickfergus cyclist will put his pedal power to the test this summer in aid of a charity close to his heart.
Evan Rodgers (pictured right), a year 13 pupil at Carrickfergus College, has recently signed up for the Lap of the Lough cycle - an annual event around Lough Neagh.
This test of endurance and mental strength will see Evan, 17, set off at 10am on August 26 to cover the 97.5 miles in the saddle.
He has decided to raise money for the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance service. Evan greatly appreciates any donations towards this service but mostly the way support will encourage and push him to the finish in what will be his longest cycle to date.
Evan explained: “I am wanting to raise money for the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance service - a vital service that needs support to keep it in the air.
“I’m into cycling and motor bikes. This is why I have chosen this charity as it means a lot to the sport I love.”
AANI works in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the health trusts which provide the medical teams on board its helicopter. It is a doctor-led service so its value is in getting hospital ER-level treatment to trauma casualties on site in minutes, as well as slashing the travel time for the transfer of casualties to hospital.
So far, Evan has raised £170 and his giving page can be found with this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/evanrodgers1