A THRUPP-based couple will be cycling back to the Five Valleys from London next month to raise money for education in the developing world.

Steve Hynd and partner Anya Whiteside, both 26, will complete the 125-mile journey to raise funds for Voluntary Service Overseas, the international development charity which works with volunteers to fight poverty.

Both Anya and Steve have been working in the capital, and they are cycling back home on Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9, in the hope of raising £1,500, which they have asked to go to help fund education projects for VSO.

They have also jointly been offered a two-year placement with VSO in Uganda where they will see first-hand how the charity works to expand educational opportunities to some of the poorest people in the world.

Human rights worker Steve said: "Having access to education is a basic human right that, sadly, is not always realised. In Uganda, for example, one in five children are not enrolled to begin with."

Anya said: "When I was growing up I took the fantastic facilities and teachers at local schools in Stroud for granted.

"I passionately believe that everyone, wherever they live, should have access to the same high quality education that I had in Stroud."

The pair have set up a fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/anya-steve so anyone can donate and support their efforts.