FRIENDS of a North Tyneside soldier killed in Afghanistan last year are taking on a two-day cycling challenge in his memory.
Lance Corporal Kyle Marshall was killed by an improvised explosive device in Helmand Province a year ago in February at the age of 23.
Now 28 of his friends are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity in his name by cycling from Whitehaven to Tynemouth.
Ride organiser Sean Lane was originally Wallsend-born Kyle’s boss at Ceramic Tile Distributors in Newcastle’s Shields Road, but the pair soon became firm friends despite a nine-year age gap.
He said: “Everyone has got on board and wants to be part of it.
“We know that we unfortunately can’t do anything for Kyle now, but we can do something for the people who are still with us and help them.”
The group will set off from Whitehaven in Cumbria on Sunday morning and plan to arrive in Tynemouth the day after.
The two charities the pals have picked to benefit from the fundraising cross-country cycle ride are Help for Heroes and Barnado’s.
To make a donation online, visit either www.fundraisefor barnardos.org.uk/SeanLaneC2C or www.bmycharity.com/SeanLane for Help for Heroes