FIVE ambulance drivers are swapping four wheels for two this weekend to cycle the breadth of the country in support of two charities.

The team, from Bishop Auckland ambulance station, is attempting the 140-mile Coast to Coast ride from West Cumbria to the North Sea in just two days. They all cycle together in their spare time and decided to tackle the ride to help others.

Half of their sponsorship will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care, which supports 25,000 patients and their families every year, and half to Greyhound and Lurcher Aid, which rescues abandoned dogs.

Cyclist Bobby Bell is a former Marie Curie nurse.

He said: "They do a tremendous job and help patients and their families through very difficult times. We thought we might as well put our cycling sessions to good use by raising money at the same time."

The riders set off on Saturday. To sponsor the team, telephone the ambulance station on (01388) 605157.