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Father and sons to cycle across continent in the steps of their ancestor

PUBLISHED: 10:39 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:01 10 February 2016

Mark Nella and sons, Mario and Stefano

Mark Nella and sons, Mario and Stefano

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Their journey will begin in May

A father and his two sons are preparing to cycle to the south of Europe, following the route their great-grandfather followed to arrive here.

Mark Nella, 49, and sons 27-year-old Mario and Stefano, 22, will start by taking part in the London-Paris 2016 bike ride, considered one of the toughest amateur bike rides for cyclists.

The two-generation team are taking part in the rides to raise money for Debra, a charity trying to find a cure for genetic skin conditions, and Bloodwise, following the death of Mark’s father aged 44 from Leukaemia.

The Hayes family will then continue on, travelling through Germany, Austria and over the Dolomites into Italy, before arriving at their family’s village of Carisolo, in the Trentino province.

The local business owners will be retracing the steps of Mario and Stefano’s great-grandfather, Emilio Nella, who walked from the village in northern Italy, all the way to London, sharpening cutlery and knives along the way.

Upon arrival, Emilio founded the family business, Nella Cutlery.

The team has already raised more than £2,000 for its 1000 mile cycle from London to Italy, on its Just Giving page.

Their ride starts in London on May 26.

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