Comedian Russell Howard visits South London cycling project

Russell Howard and Fred Ellis, founder of Pedal4Health
Photo Russell Howard and Pedal4Health founder Fred Ellis

Comedian Russell Howard visited the Merton Young Carers project which runs a bike scheme and is supported by Sport Relief in February.

Howard and other celebrities including Jimmy Carr and Fearne Cotton took part in a cycle relay in support of Sport Relief. The celebrities cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End in this charity ride organised by Little Britain star David Walliams.

The money raised by the challenge will be used to help vulnerable people both in the UK and in developing countries.

The Merton Young Carers are one such group which received support from Sports Relief. This South London based project offers a space to relax and have fun for young carers who have to look after their parents or other relatives with disabilities or severe illnesses.

Howard says, ‘These kids are about 11 and they have all this responsibility – if you had a fairly idyllic childhood, like I did, it’s hard to comprehend.’

The cycling sessions were run by Fred Ellis, founder of Pedal4Health, a cycle training provider for both children and adults with a focus on health and fitness.

Pedal4Health runs a number of community projects in South London. For more information, use the link on the right to go to their website.