A group of Lambeth Councillors will be getting on their bikes for a 54-mile charity cycle next month.

The group, including leader Steve Reed, will embark on the trip from London to Brighton on Father’s Day (June 17) in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Clapham Town ward councillor, Christopher Wellbelove, persuaded the Labour troupe to join the race, now in its 36th year, which sees 27,000 cyclists taking part.

He said: “I got in contact with the other councillors and said; ‘Anyone want to come along and help us raise money?’

“Councillors live very busy lives and are very time-poor, so anything to get them out is good.

“My father died at 49 of heart failure so I think it is a really important charity.”

Among those taking part are Deputy Mayor and Streatham South Councillor Mark Bennett and Councillor Lib Peck, cabinet member for housing.

Coun Wellbelove, who is currently training three days a week by cycling around Brockwell Park, said Labour chief Coun Reed had been “well up for [the race]”, adding he hoped the group would raise £1000 in total.

“Anyone else who wants to come along on the day, from all the parties, we are more than happy to have them,” he said.

To donate to the group’s trip visit their fundraising website.