BRIGHTERKIND care homes is aiming to raise £17,500 for Children In Need as the Westbury Court care home staff set off on a bike ride to Andover on Monday (November 13) morning.

Their 36-mile cycle is part of the Wishing Wheels fundraiser, a huge bike relay between all 71 of the Brighterkind care homes.

Colleagues from each home are cycling stages of the route which covers more than 2,000 miles and runs from Inverness to Bournemouth before culminating in St Brelade in Jersey.

The team’s mascot Buddy Bear has been passed on at each stage.

General manager at Westbury Court care home Holly Caswell said: “I am so excited to set off on our ride, and we are raising money for such a good cause.

“It’s lovely that Brighterkind has arranged this for all the care homes, it makes you feel an important part of something big.”

The relay ride started on October 2 and aimed to finish yesterday.