A YOUNG bunch of BMX enthusiasts have embarked on a sponsored ride from Stanford-le-Hope to Southend.

The group needs to raise £100,000 for a unique skate park bowl that they have been working on, designing it with creative firm Wheelscape.

The concrete bowl will be located in Hardie Park and their bid is being supported by the Friends of Hardie Park organisation.

They are determined to raise the large amount, which started last Saturday with a ride along the Thames to Southend. The boys hope to raise £2,000 on this adventure.

To sponsor them, e-mail friendsofhardiepark@hotmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/LoveHardiePark