Tigger the Spaniel and his master, former Felsted
School student Chris Lovitt, have combined pedal and pet power to help raise
more than £20,000 for charity.
The pair cycled 700 miles from London to Berlin
and were joined by eight other riders supporting Cardiac Risk in the Young
(CRY) and Maternity Worldwide, which saves lives in childbirth.
Chris, who is now associate director of Tower
Hamlets Public Health, ensured Tigger had a special pet passport which
allowed him to travel in the adapted 'Filibus' Cargo bike.
Their ride began at Tower Bridge on May 7.
The cyclists passed the Felsted Mission in East London, then through Essex
to catch the overnight ferry from Harwich to Hook of Holland.
From there they covered an average of 100 miles a
day and arrived on schedule at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on May 13.
Chris said: "People's reaction to a dog on a
bicycle is always fantastic. Last year we did three charity rides
together, but this was definitely the hardest.
"It's a great way of raising the profile of the
two amazing charities and helps in persuading people to donate.
Although Tigger does add a lot to the weight of the bicycle, making climbing
hills slow and hard work, he adds a lot of fun to the ride.
Since returning from Germany, Tigger is reported
to be quite disappointed by his daily circuit of the park near to his home
in Whitechapel, rather than travelling the streets of Europe in style.