Spurred on by the memory of his mother, a businessman is setting out to ride the length of Britain for charity.

David Gakhar, of Enfield, will ride 969 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in nine days.

Mr Gakhar lost his mother to lung cancer three years ago and has so far raised more than £10,000 for North London Hospice on a bike ride from London to Paris and with a donation for his 50th birthday.

The 50-year-old has already ridden 3,500 miles this year to prepare for the endurance challenge.

He said: “I can’t thank the hospice enough for all they did for my mother and for my family. They aren’t just there for the patient but they are there for the family too, providing comfort and support at such an emotional turbulent time.

“I’ve always taken part in marathons and bike rides raising money for bigger charities. After experiencing firsthand how wonderful North London Hospice is and what an invaluable service they offer, it only seemed right to give them my support.

“This is definitely the toughest challenge I’ve ever undertaken, but I’m looking forward to it. I think the hardest part will be the camping as those that know me will know I’m no camper.

“I’m currently training three days a week, going to the gym and cycling. I have been training endlessly in a bid to getting fit and ready for this very challenging bike ride.”