A veterinary student has cycled the first leg of the Tour de France through north Yorkshire to raise money for charity Help in Suffering, based in Jaipur, India.

Matt Meek, who is in his fourth year at the University of Cambridge Veterinary School, is a keen cyclist and treasurer of the college cycling club.

He cycled the 120 miles route through the Yorkshire Dales starting from Harewood House in Leeds on a wet, windy and cold day in February to fit the ride around his academic commitments to raise more than £800.

With a small grant from his college, Matt travelled to Jaipur to spend a month seeing practice at the Help in Suffering hospital where he gained experience of veterinary work overseas, including in surgery and exotic diseases.

Timmie Kumar, managing trustee of Help in Suffering, said: “It is wonderful Matt could contribute so very generously both practically and financially to our work for the animals of Jaipur, which without Help in Suffering would receive no veterinary care.”
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