Bike ride across States for Ella

Paul Gant will cycle 4241.4 miles across America for East Anglia's Children's Hospices in memory of Ella Prouse, who died aged six after suffering from cancer
Paul Gant will cycle 4241.4 miles across America for East Anglia's Children's Hospices in memory of Ella Prouse, who died aged six after suffering from cancer

A BURY St Edmunds police officer is to embark on an ambitious charity bike ride across America in memory of a six-year-old girl who died of cancer.

Paul Gant, who is a detective constable for Suffolk Police CID, will cycle 4,241.4 miles starting in Astoria, Oregon, and finishing in Yorktown, Virginia, over 46 days from Monday.

The 37-year-old wants to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each), which cared for his close friend Lorna Prouse’s daughter Ella, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged two and died in 2006.

He said: “After Ella’s death, and having seen how Each helped to make things a little more bearable for Lorna and Ella’s little sister Charlotte, I always said to myself that if ever I did any charity work, it would be for Each. It would be nice to repay Each a little for what they did for people I care about.”

Anyone who sponsors Mr Gant £10 or more will be eligible to enter a contest to win a £100 voucher to spend at Revel Outdoors cycle shop.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Paul-Gants-TransAmerica where there is also a link to his Facebook page with updates of his journey.