A WEST Dorset lifeboat crewman is cycling from London to Brighton today on a penny farthing for charity.

Seb Cope, a member of the Lyme Regis RNLI crew, is taking on the daunting challenge to raise money for the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.

He said: "I've signed up to cycle from London to Brighton and to make it more challenging, I’m going to ride a penny farthing.

"If you know me, you will know that I enjoy riding my penny farthing but never more than 5 or 10 miles in a day so this route of 55 miles will be both challenging and painful but most importantly should help raise some money for the PSPA charity. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a neurological condition caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain.

"The condition gets its name because: · Progressive – it steadily worsens over time · Supranuclear – it damages the nuclei that control eye movements.

· Palsy – it causes weakness.

"Like many other chronic conditions, there is no cure for PSP. However, many of the symptoms can be managed to help people achieve the best possible quality of life.

"The wife of my previous employer, Janet Hardwill suffers from PSP and I am hoping to help her raise awareness and money for the charity that helps improve the lives of people suffering from this condition.

"Anything you can donate is massively appreciated, please also share with your friends and family about this charity."

To find out more, go to https://pspassociation.org.uk/ To donate to Seb's challeenge visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SebastianCope