THE director of a leading North-East agricultural firm is preparing to hit the saddle.

Graeme Bruce, of chartered surveyors and property consultants YoungsRPS, is set to cycle a total of 214 miles from Carlisle to Glasgow in aid of the Slaley branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association.

He will be joined by 15 local residents to raise money for the charity which provides therapy, fitness and skills development to disabled people by allowing them to ride on horses and ponies.

The cyclists are hoping to raise at least £2,500 for the charity.

Graeme said: “Taking up this challenge really means committing to what the charity represents and hopefully being able to expand the work it does. Knowing people can really enhance their lives from direct contact with one of nature’s finest animals is really rewarding.”