THREE members of an Isle of Wight family clocked up the miles to clock up cash for two charities by completing the London to Brighton Cycle Ride 2021.

A former member of the County Press sales team, Peter Kidd, together with his son Jonathan, and brother, Simon, took on the 55-mile challenge recently.

Simon, 65, who grew up in Shanklin, but who now lives in Hertfordshire following a lifelong career with the BBC, latterly as a technical instructor specialising in cameras, is raising money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Peter, 66, of Sandown, now retired following a 33-year career in advertising with the County Press, and Jonathan, 43, of Northwood, with a career with Trinity House as the UK inspector for Sea Marks, cycled in aid of Mountbatten.

Isle of Wight County Press: Simon, Peter and Jon Kidd at the finish line of the London to Brighton Cycle Ride for charity.Simon, Peter and Jon Kidd at the finish line of the London to Brighton Cycle Ride for charity.

As part of their preparation for the London to Brighton, they both cycled the tough, 53-mile, End to End off-road event.

The charities are causes close to the Kidd family's heart.

The 'iconic' ride, which attracted more than 4,000 riders, took the trio through predominantly country lanes, via Carshalton and Haywards Heath, before they took on the daunting Ditchling Beacon — a mile long climb to the top of the South Downs.

They crossed the finish line in 4hrs 20mins.

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Peter and Jonathan have so far raised £1,300 in aid of Mountbatten, having originally set a target of £150. 

But with fundraising going so well, they now aim to raise even more for the charity. 

"Us Kidds chose the event to help raise money for our local care and hospice services," said Pete.

"The other main reason is that we were able to enjoy a bike ride on the mainland. We are proud to have completed the challenge of the route. 

"We all have strong associations to our chosen charities and are proud to have been able to make a small contribution to them through our efforts. 

Isle of Wight County Press: The London to Brighton Cycle Ride finish line.The London to Brighton Cycle Ride finish line.

"Times are a bit tough for everyone at the moment, but by donating even a small amount, you will be helping those who provide an amazing and vital support service to those nearing the end of their lives — and for their families too.

"Supporting Mountbatten ensures no-one is left to die alone, or without care, on the Isle of Wight.

"We hope our efforts may help encourage people to give money to help charities —especially Mountbatten."

To support Mountbatten through Peter and Jonathan's efforts, make a donation via

Donations close on October 31.

Simon's fundraising page link is