Two teachers are busy packing to begin a 24,000km cycle in efforts to raise awareness and money for a cause close to their hearts.

Matthew Good, from Watford, met Niamh Conway in Togo, West Africa, and the pair took a career break to embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The couple are raising money for Matthew's nephew, Max, who was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes a wide range of problems.

The pair are currently teaching at Tashkent International School in Uzbekistan, and are busy preparing for their trip starting on June 10, with the aim to raise money and awareness of the condition.

Mr Good said: "The ride around the world really started in 2000 for me in stages. 15000kms and counting.  We will have raised about £5,000 by the time we set off in June.

"We are extremely excited.  We will keep our involvement in education going by running seminars on global citizenship in schools on our way round. "

Their plan has been 18 years in the making, and their route will take them to 50 countries, as they travel 24,000km around the world.

In preparation for their world cycle, a 'cyclothon' was organised at the school, which saw more than 100 students, staff and parents take part in the challenge.

They cycled 1,879km and raised 7 million soum, equivalent to more than £1,700. 

To keep updated on the trip or to donate, visit their blog and website.

You can also follow the pair on their Facebook page 'Pedalgogy'.