A Dartford vet and cycling enthusiast is gearing up for an epic cycle ride across the UK to raise much-needed funds for an animal rescue centre.

Leon Ringelmann, who underwent hip replacement surgery last year, is hoping to complete the 900-mile journey from John O’Groats to Lands’ End this month to raise funds for New Hope Animal Rescue in Herne Bay.

Leon, who a branch partner and lead vet at Medivet Dartford 24 Hour Hospital, hopes to rack up over one hundred miles a day during his two-wheel challenge.

His team at the Essex Road-based emergency centre will be cheering Leon on during his bid to boost the charity’s coffers.

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The New Hope charity was founded by both co-founders Steph Derry and Niall Lester back in 2000.

It specialises in helping abandoned animals as well as those with special medical needs.

Speaking on the major undertaking, Leon has said: "I’m overwhelmed by the generous response that I’ve received so far.

"I’m building up my training regime on the roads of leafy Kent, with strong headwinds helping my preparation ahead of the impending John O’Groats departure.

"Niall and Steph’s work at the New Hope Animal Rescue Centre is an incredible labour of love and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the proceeds for this trip."

Those looking to make a donation to Leon's great cause can do so