AN Alderholt teenager used pedal power to raise money for a charity which has supported his sister and family for eight years on Sunday, March 16.

The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre pupil Dylan Bailey, 15, cycled 33 miles and raised £250 for Autism Wessex, inspired by his eight-year-old sister Phoebe, who has autism.

Hundreds of cyclists took up the challenge of riding a circular loop from Portfield School in Christchurch, through Fordingbridge and Alderholt and then back to the school.

Dylan completed the course in two-and-a-half hours.

He said: “My parents raise funds for Autism Wessex – my mum runs and my dad also cycles. I decided this ride was something that I wanted to do to help.

“I am very close to my sister and I wanted to do something and Autism Wessex is a very worthwhile charity.”