A GROUP of Oswestry friends who completed a 352-mile charity bike ride are looking to go one step better as they attempt to tackle a 980-mile long ride.

Seymour Roberts and Ben Fretwell rode from London to Cologne in 2018 to raise money for Shooting Star Unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, raising a total of £5,900.

This year, they will be raising money when they attempt to ride from Land's End to John o'Groats.

The 2018 ride took the pair four days, so this year they are hoping to complete the longer journey in a total of 10 days.

Fundraising started after Seymour's wife, Sally, passed away in 2017 following her cancer diagnosis in 2013.

Since then, Seymour's daughters Sally Roberts and Fizz Scarratt have been helping to raise awareness and funds for the work done at the Shooting Star Unit.

Fizz said she and her family want to do everything they can to keep her mum's legacy alive.

"Mum didn't complain once, with a smile on her face she endured years of pain and treatment and inspired all who knew her," she said.

"She gained her wings on October 12, 2017, and has left a huge hole in our hearts.

"I never imagined losing my hero at 18 and looking forward to a life without mum is a scary prospect.

"So as a family, we are helping keep our Sally's legacy alive and raising money for the Shooting Star Ward where Sally was a patient throughout her illness."

The tough task will see Ben and Seymour set off from the southwest of England to the northeast of Scotland.

Fizz insists she and Sally will be on hand to give them support for the whole journey.

She said: "This time we're setting them on a even bigger challenge.

"We will be with them along the way and have the tissues ready as it is sure to be an emotional journey remembering Sally and the wonderful person she was."

If you wish to donate to Seymour and Ben's fundraiser, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/seymourroberts