OLYMPIC medal winner Jamie Baulch will be getting on his bike for Barnardo's in a charity ride through the Vale.

The 33rd On Your Bike For Barnardo's cycle will take place on Sunday, May 18 setting off from Culverhouse Cross, taking in 38 miles of countryside including coastal roads between Rhoose and Llantwit Major.

The popular cycle ride will help raise crucial funds for young victims of sexual exploitation this year.

Jamie Baulch said: “This well established and much-loved bike ride will allow me to combine my passion for cycling with supporting Barnardo’s Cymru; a fantastic children’s charity close to my heart."

Yvonne Rodgers, Director Barnardo’s Cymru, said: “The abuse and trauma suffered can affect children for the rest of their lives, and is something which could happen to any child, in any neighbourhood.

"Funds that are raised through the On Your Bike for Barnardo’s cycle ride will support the crucial work of transforming the lives of children who are most in need.”

Barnardo’s Cymru runs 107 services across Wales including services for young carers, projects for homeless young people and those leaving care, support for disabled children and their families, fostering and adoption services and family centres which offer support to parents in crisis.

Entry fees will be £12.50 per cyclist and starts at 8am in the morning from the Copthorne Hotel, Culverhouse Cross.

Barnardo’s also needs volunteers to help out on the day between 6.45am and 12.45pm, to manage the on-the-day registration desk, sell raffle tickets, direct people to the car park on arrival, man the water stations around the route and welcome riders home with lots of cheering. Contact rachel.madge@barnardos.org.uk or 029 2043 6236 for more details.