A COUPLE from Malvern celebrated their 50th year by cycling 312 miles from London to Paris, and raising nearly £4,000 for charity.

After training for 15 months, Cameron and Sarah March set off on a gruelling four-day endurance ride in aid of the children and young people's cancer support charity CLIC Sargent.

Mr March said: "It was much tougher than we anticipated, especially the mental side of things.

"On day one I was knocked off my bike by a van, and by day three I was exhausted, in agony, and had a sense of total despair.

"I posted an update online that day and that's when the sponsorship money from family and friends started pouring in."

Mr March is a marketing director for the company Signet, which owns and runs the H Samuel and Ernest Jones jewellery stores. Signet is an official charity partner of CLIC Sargent.

He said: "Sarah and I both turned 50 this year and wanted to undertake a challenge to mark the occasion, and to use it to raise money for charity. CLIC Sargent was the obvious choice.

"Every year we throw a Christmas or Easter party for children and their parents who are supported by CLIC Sargent and meeting them and hearing their stories kept me motivated in training, and on the ride.

"The work they do to support families through their darkest times is amazing, and alongside all the fundraising I do as part of the Signet team, I'm proud that Sarah and I have now made a big personal contribution to the cause."