Cambrian News photographer - Daniela Lardieri (left) and Heather McClure from Aberystwyth are raising money for refugees in Europe by cycling from London to Brussels

TWO Aberystwyth women are to cycle from London to Brussels to help raise money for refugees.

Cambrian News reported “Daniela Lardieri and Heather McClure will take part in the Thighs of Steel event from London to Athens by cycling for a week from London to Brussels – the first leg of the journey – to help raise money to support a community centre for refugees in Athens.

The community centre, Khora, was originally set up by a small group of international volunteers, who met in Lesbos to provide emergency support to the refugee crisis.

Since 2015, Khora has been providing basic needs, such as nutritional food, clothes, education and health care, but also a safe communal space to meet and socialise.

Daniela, 35, is an Italian teacher at the Lifelong Learning School of Aberystwyth University and this will be her second year taking part in the cycle event which overall aims to raise over £50,000 for the centre with each cyclist hoping to raise £500.

“Last year, we aimed to raise collectively £40.000 and we raised over £100,000 which paid for the rent and services of one year of Khora in Athens,” Daniela, who is originally from Sardinia, said.

“This year we hope to do the same.

“Myself and Heather will both take part to the cycle for the first leg of the journey, which is London to Brussels. All the money goes straight to Khora, none to the cyclists, as we pay our own expenses for the journey.”

Heather, 25, works for Boyd Dros Ben Aber Food Surplus – the group which has hosted events with volunteers from Care for Refugees in Calais to collect clothes and blankets donations to be taken there.

For more information on their efforts, and to donate, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/heatherdaniaber” here.

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