A TWO-METRE high piggy bank will be travelling through Wiltshire today and tomorrow, as it makes its way from Bristol to Brighton and back. Rosie-Mai Iredale, founder and director of Full Reach Children's Project, is tackling the 330-mile ride to raise money for the project, which aims to open a home for children in care in order to help them to reach their full potential.

Rosie-Mai will cycle towing Penny the piggy bank, and had hoped to reach Warminster, where she will spend the night, later this afternoon unaided.

However initial tests, shown in her video below, showed that it towing Penny was harder going than Rosie-Mai expected. 

“I wanted to do this as a visual representation so people can recognise the feat we aim to achieve and hopefully will donate generously,” she explained.

“I urge people to come and say hello, I’m very friendly and it’s the public’s support that drives me through these sorts of things.”

She is no stranger to gruelling fundraising tasks, as she has previously completed the Pound a Day Challenge, Deaf, Blind and Silent Challenge and an impressive Bed Push Challenge which involved pushing a bed from John O’Groats to Lands End.

Rosie-Mai is calling this “just a test run for the pig” and plans to embark on a UK tour of around 1,000 miles in early 2018, before taking on a mammoth 3,000-mile coast-to-coast ride later in the year.

Donations can be made by throwing money into Penny as she passes by, or by giving to their Go Get Funding page: gogetfunding.com/penny-the-piggy-bank

The project was launched in September 2013 and needs to raise £200,000 - so far it has collected £23,000.