A cycling challenge is set to take place to raise cash for a charity named in honour of a young girl who died from cancer.

Sophie's Legacy - named after Stubbington's Sophie Fairall - will run the challenge at Whiteley Shopping Centre on June 20.

From 9am to 6pm, two static bikes will find their space on the Whiteley stage.

The cycling challenge is designed to encourage Whiteley's energetic shoppers and staff members to participate, however briefly, and help reach the cumulative goal of 300km during the day.

The charity has been busy attending seven hospitals that it supports as part of the larger 'Seven for Sophie' challenge across southern England.

The supporting teams and individuals will embark on this endurance journey that mimics an ‘S’-shaped route in Sophie's honour.

The ride will commence from Guildford at 4.30am and is expected to finish at Southampton by 10pm.

Sophie, whom the charity dedicates its efforts to, tragically passed away at the age of 10 in September 2021.

The charity embodies Sophie’s vision of instigating nationwide change.

This change, according to Sophie's Legacy, is to compassionately support families who find themselves dealing with circumstances involving the hospitalisation of their children.

The support offered by the charity varies depending on the situation and can include food, snacks, clothing, toiletries, and vouchers, among others provided on a referral basis.

Sophie's Legacy volunteers will be in attendance throughout the day, eager to accept contributions in the form of nonperishable food and toiletries.

Shoppers can donate items, following the guidance of individual packaging and the exclusion of nuts, and toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and shower gels among other items.

Mia Gordon, centre manager at Whitely, said: "We’re proud to be one of the destinations hosting the virtual ‘Seven for Sophie’ challenge. The charity provides such important help within the local community, and we look forward to getting involved in the challenge with our visitors."