A CYCLIST is set to complete the Tissington Trail in aid of a charity providing care and support for prostitutes.
Richard Frost will take on the 27-mile challenge in the coming weeks, which follows a railway track running through Ashbourne.
He will be raising money for Women@theWell, a London charity providing a centre where prostitutes can have a cup of tea, a friendly chat, advice on their finances and help to get off the streets and into legitimate employment.
Mr Frost said: “You may remember yourself the TV series Band of Gold. It was a mid-1990s series about prostitutes on the streets of Bradford.
“I thought the other day how some girls who watched that series as a young girl growing up may now lead similar lives to the characters in that series.
“And, as a history student, I know how William Gladstone, former Prime Minister, regularly visited women on the streets.
“Unlike other politicians over the years, Mr. Gladstone did not visit the women for business, but to talk with them and find ways of helping them.
“Mr Gladstone was inspired to do so by his Christian faith. Similarly, Women@theWell has a mission based and inspired on the gospel message of hope.
“The charity was set up by a nun from the Sisters of Mercy, Sister Lynda, who was honoured for her work by Queen and country with an MBE.
“She saw a need that was not been catered for in her work with women on the streets.
“The care shown is an inspiring example of respect for the dignity of women regardless of class, religion, race or gender.”
Donations can be made to the cause via Mr Frost’s Just Giving site at www.justgiving.com/Richard-SP-Frost.
Information on the charity is online at www.watw.org.uk.