Former professional footballer and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust athlete mentor Tony Lormor is taking on a unique cycling challenge to fundraise for the Trust. Read on to find out what is is in store for him!

The former striker, who scored more than 100 Football League goals, has been part of our GiveBack team since 2015.

Now 45, Tony wants to use the profile he had in a previous life to raise awareness of his current role as an athlete mentor.

Having completed an arctic dog sled trek last year for charity and after recovering from cancer, Tony has lined up another impressive physical challenge, but this time on a bike! Tony hopes to raise £500 by pedalling 515 miles through the roads of England for a unique cycling tour to all of the clubs he professionally played for before retiring. Tony’s passion for his current job and a desire to let more people know about it is what has motivated him to take on the gruelling cycle challenge!

Tony will begin on Friday 23 September at Preston North End’s Deepdale ground before cycling to Newcastle United and over the course of five days taking in Hartlepool United, Chesterfield, Mansfield Town, Lincoln City and Peterborough United.

His training has been supervised by four-time Olympian Bryan Steel who specialises in cycling coaching.

The ride will finish at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust headquarters in London on Tuesday 27 September.

Tony said: “I want to raise awareness of what Dame Kelly Holmes Trust does and raising money will be secondary, but I want to do something unique that no one else has done – a bike ride taking in the seven football clubs I signed for on a permanent basis.

“I recently ran the Trust’s Get on Track course in Nottingham, with young adults aged 18 to 25 classed as ‘NEET’ - not in education, employment or training.

“It’s a motivational course with a number of activities that stretch young people facing disadvantage and empowers them to find out about themselves and what they want to do. We finished the course with all 18 people and they all found out what they wanted to do and through the programme they found a pathway to get into it.

“But I realised in Nottingham no one had really heard about what we were trying to do. There’s something great going on but it’s under the radar. I want to try and get the word out.”

Tony describes Dame Kelly Holmes Trust as giving him a new lease of life.

Tony said: “I’ve been an athlete mentor since June last year and it’s something I’ve been searching for since football finished, helping people who had lost their confidence.

“I’ve really thrown myself into it. The Trust runs transformational programmes in 40 locations and want to deliver across all UK areas in the next four years. If I can help promote what they do that will be brilliant.”

Emma Atkins, Chief Executive at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said:

“We are delighted that Tony is giving his time, energy and efforts to support Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity and passion of individuals like Tony to help us continue our vital work. Please back his fundraising efforts so that Dame Kelly Holmes Trust can continue supporting more people to reach their full potential.”

You can support Tony's fundraising efforts here.