A retired Church of England vicar is cycling down the length of Britain with the aim of raising £50,000 in support of persecuted Christians.

Seventy-five-year-old Robert de Berry, of Pewsey in Wiltshire, set off on Tuesday from Cape Wrath on the north coast of Scotland and is spending 33 days cycling 750 miles (1,200 kilometres) to Peacehaven, via the Hope Valley, on England's south coast.

Rev Pewsey, who is wearing T-shirts bearing the words 'Wrath-Hope-Peace', is being accompanied by a support team and is staying at churches along the way.

"On almost every evening we will be praying in local churches along the route for persecuted Christians," he said prior to setting off.

Speaking to local newspaper The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald before he left, he described the journey as a "cycling pilgrimage".

"I have been to Nigeria, Kenya and South Sudan and I have seen the horrors that people have suffered at the hands of terrorists like Boko Haram and they need our help," he said. "If I can help them that would be brilliant and the more we raise the more help I can be."

Funds raised during the ride will go to Release International and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, both of which support the persecuted church.

To donate, head to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/robertdeberry3.