A licensee is taking the fight to cancer by embarking on an epic charity bike ride from Rye to Sicily.

Simon Aylett, of The Plough Inn near Udimore, East Sussex, started the adventure on Saturday (Sept 1).

The 56-year-old, who also runs The Union Steakhouse in Rye, describes himself as"a large Englishman with metastatic prostate cancer".

He is travelling on an electric bike powered by renewable energy and sleeping in a velopod, designed and built by Simon and his engineer son, Ollie. It has solar panels on the roof to provide the power needed to charge the bike's batteries. The two-and-a-half-meter long pod also houses a small kitchen.



He hopes The Swansong ride will raise £15,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Simon said: "I have been fighting prostate cancer for five years now and this slightly mad initiative is all about raising funds to help Prostate Cancer UK continue their fantastic work in promoting awareness of the disease and investing in research to find a cure for the third biggest cancer killer in the UK.

"As I have never been the fittest of people and my training has been a little hampered by the drugs I have to take, riding 2,000 miles through Europe is a bit of a daunting challenge – but I have been incredibly heartened by the support I have received from my wife Sarah and sons Ollie and Toby, friends, customers, business contacts and also complete strangers."

• For more information or to sponsor go to www.simonaylett.co.uk or text AYLE62 £5 to 70070 to donate a fiver.