It’s a challenge most people wouldn’t even dream of, but Andy Shields is determined he can travel across India in an unreliable rickshaw.
The vehicle is a seven horse-power motorised taxi, popular in Asia, which Andy refers to as a “glorified lawnmower”.
It’s also prone to breaking down.
But together with his friend Andrew Hall, he will travel 3,500km from Cochin in southern India to the north-west city Shiilong in April’s Rickshaw Run.
And they’re doing it to raise money for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign for Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
Andy, of Kirkham Avenue, Marton, said: “I heard about this and just thought it was something different so we decided to do it.
“It’s part of the rules that you have to raise at least £1,000 for charity, and I’d seen The Gazette’s campaign so decided it was the best cause.
“Both Andy and I have had grandparents who were treated at Trinity so it just made perfect sense.”
The duo are funding their own flights to India and will camp in India’s mountains and jungles during their two week adventure.
Andy, director of Barcadia Media on Church Street, added: “We’re really excited about going.”
To sponsore Andy and Andrew, of Newton Drive, Marton, visit www.justgiving.com/andyshields.