A HAMPSHIRE man - and his dog - are set to embark upon a 1,500-mile bike ride in tribute to his late wife.

David Goodey will set off from Hvar, Croatia, on Friday sept 4 along with pet Lotte before cycling back to the UK, leaving a trail of daisy seeds in his wake.

The ride was conceived to symbolise the journey he has been on since Emma died last year after a long battle with cancer.

After setting off from Croatia, Dave will travel through Slovenia, Italy, over the Alps and into France.

He said: "There will be some days, particularly in the middle, where I will be pedalling mainly on my own, unless Lotte gets the hang of it by then.

"It will be in all weather, both sunshine and rain, up and downhill, through straight, winding, and no doubt bumpy roads.

"Our journey home alone will be very symbolic and similar in ways to my journey over the last year or so dealing with the loss of Emma.

"I lost my wife, best friend and partner in the most unfair circumstances but my friend, family and very special counsellor from the charity CRUSE have carried me during the uphill struggles and helped guide me through the almost unbearable drudgery that follows bereavement.

"Likewise, those who join me along the route will give a helping boost during my cycle ride."

Alton man Dave is raising funds for Starlight, Naomi House and Jacksplace, CRUSE, and NSPCC.

After he sets off on Friday readers can follow his journey via his website at www.daisytrailcycle.com or donate to his chosen charities by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/tea/daisytrailcycle.