A keen cyclist battled stiff winds to pedal nearly 500 miles from Suffolk to Germany in memory of a 29-year-old who died from cancer. 

Andrew Horne from Brandeston cycled the 800km, or 497 miles to Germany's capital city, Berlin in April this year and raised more than £4,000 in the process. 

He wanted to undertake the challenge, and do it in memory of his friend Tony Knight's son, Henry, who died in February 2022.

Mr Horne said: "So many people were shocked and profoundly affected by the tragic passing of Henry at such a young age.

East Anglian Daily Times: Andrew cycled the 800km to BerlinAndrew cycled the 800km to Berlin (Image: St Elizabeth Hospice)

"I had wanted to ride to Berlin since before lockdown and thought it would possibly be a great opportunity to raise some money in Henry's honour.

"Aside from an unwanted 'stiff-headwind' all the way from the hook of Netherlands to Berlin, the ride was a fantastic mini-adventure.

"During the ride, my thoughts were so often with those less fortunate.

"Yes, pedalling may hurt from time to time, but it really is a privilege to be physically active.

East Anglian Daily Times: Ali Butler, Andrew Horne and Kelly Nekrews at the joint cheque presentation Ali Butler, Andrew Horne and Kelly Nekrews at the joint cheque presentation (Image: St Elizabeth Hospice)

"I was fortunate to be surrounded by such good family, friends and even some total strangers to me who have kindly donated.

"I've been totally blown away by all of their fantastic support."

In total, Andrew's adventure raised £4,165 with all funds going to three charities, St Elizabeth Hospice, East Anglian Children's Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mr Horne continued: "I really hope that as well as raising funds for these charities and their fantastic work, we can also help raise awareness for their services throughout the local community."