A STAR of BBC Mockumentary This Country is taking on a 100-mile bike ride for charity.

Paul Cooper, who plays Kerry’s father Martin Mucklowe in the BAFTA-winning show will be setting off on a 100 mile peace ride to raise money and awareness for the National Children’s Alliance.

He will set off on Saturday, March 23, from Canterbury, Kent and cycle to Ypres, Belgium.

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The Peace Ride has been established to raise money to enable Slum Soccer to send a team of young mixed-ability, mixed-gender children from India to the 2019 Global Peace Games.

By taking on the experience, It could have a lasting impact on each and every young person.

Slum Soccer is an organisation that uses football as the perfect vehicle to transcend race, religion, language and gender to bring about a change in the lives of street dwellers.

For these children, many of whom have no access to education or safe play, the Global Peace Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a week long peace education programme at The Peace Village, Mesen, Belgium.

Paul said: “The ride is to raise funds to bring 20 children from India to join 60 other children from Liverpool, Essex, Italy, Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries.

"The children all mix and forge friendships for life.

"They play football, touch rugby and cricket.

"They also participate in bike rides around the western front, night time war walks, workshops – graffiti art, conflict resolution and drama.

"They also visit museums, cemeteries and take part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

"The bonds they make are truly inspiring and they leave as ambassadors of peace."

You can help Paul and his NCFA colleagues raise funds for their Peace Ride by donating at bit.ly/2JKfdBK.