Members of cyclist group Grittleton Road Racers have raised almost £15,000 for Community First’s Youth Action Wiltshire by pedalling 1,100 miles across the country.

The eight cyclists took part in the challenge at the end of last month, riding 100 miles a day for 11 days.

The route from Land’s End to John O’Groats took in Wales and Ireland, along with the Scottish islands of Mull and Skye.

Community First trustee Piers Dibben was part of the team which through sponsorship has raised just under £15,000 for young carers in the county.

Mr Dibben, who has been riding with the group for more than 10 years, said: “We were all very happy to cross the finish line and complete the fabulous journey up our beautiful country.

"Thank you so much to all the sponsors without whom the trip would have lacked the key elements of both carrot and stick.

“Although the majority of the trip was tremendous, there were of course some difficult moments and everybody’s support and enthusiasm never failed to keep the team upbeat and cheerful.

“Our group were really pleased to have had the opportunity to support such a fantastic charity, and one which does such great work locally, for and on behalf of, young people.”

Lynn Gibson, chief executive of the Devizes based charity, said: “We are delighted that Piers and The Grittleton Road Racers took the time to undertaking this great challenge on behalf of Youth Action Wiltshire.

“We hope to use the funds raised to put in place arts projects for Wiltshire Young Carers. These kinds of projects are hugely beneficial to the young people that we support and will make a massive difference.”