CHARITY – Ride across Madagascar with Downton Abbey star Jim Carter for charity

Madagascar Bike 6Downton Abbey’s Mr Carson will swap his butler’s uniform for lycra this autumn when he rides across Madagascar for charity. Actor Jim Carter will embark on his African adventure with a group of intrepid cyclists from all walks of life. Everyone taking part will achieve a huge personal goal while raising vital funds for their favourite charity.   Jim Carter is supporting Richard House Children’s Hospice in East London.

The 450 kilometre route is through the heart of Madagascar from the capital city to the coast. it will be an unforgettable experience in one of the ecologically richest countries on the planet, known as the last Eden.

Jim Carter has taken part in numerous charity bike rides over the last 15 years including Jordan, Laos, Costa Rica, Vietnam, India, Ghana and Namibia. He is looking forward to getting back in the saddle in Madagascar.

“After 6 months of looking after Lord Grantham and his family in Downton Abbey I can’t wait to get on my bike and set off on my Madagascar adventure. I Madagascar Bike 4know from past experience that it’ll be a real challenge – cycling on rough roads through jungle and mountain terrain in tropical heat – but the challenge is part of the excitement. I haven’t met any of my fellow cyclists before but I know we’ll bond together and help each other through the difficult times – because we will all will have one thing in common – we are all raising money for good causes that are close to our hearts. In my case Richard House Children’s Hospice in East London. Madagascar here I come.”

Cycle Madagascar is organised by leading charity tour operator Classic Tours whose worldwide challenges have raised £90 million for hundreds of good causes. There are still a few places available from 18 – 27 October 2014 and the 2015 challenge is now open from 19 – 29 April 2015.

To take part pay a registration fee of £299 (or £350 for the 2015 challenge) and either raise a minimum sponsorship target or pay the full event cost and raise as much sponsorship as possible.

Full details are available at