A 'MAGIC' piece of news has delighted supporters of Windsor's hospice and fans of the Harry Potter books and films.

Actor James Phelps - who played Fred Weasley in the Potter films - has signed up for the second year running to take part in the Big Mountain Challenge in the French Alps, to help raise money for the Thames Hospice in Hatch Lane.

James will join other cyclists on the 3.5 day road challenge through stunning mountain scenery overlooking Lake Annecy.

They will ascend the equivalent of Mount Kilimanjaro or for more advanced cyclists, the height of Mount Everest over 3.5 days. For a gentler pace, the Matterhorn route offers a climb in the morning with a descent in the afternoon. The route includes some of the most iconic and scenic mountain climbs in Europe.

James said: "I’ve known Thames Hospice for several years and have always admired the incredible support they offer their patients and families. When I heard about the new hospice build, I was delighted to do my bit to support it. If you’re into cycling, Harry Potter, or both, we invite you to join us for a stunning long weekend in the Alps.”

Last year the event raised at incredible £100,000 for Thames Hospice, with over 50 riders taking part. This year, the hospice needs funds more than ever as the result of losing income, due to fundraising events being halted and its shops closed by lockdown.

The hospice is due to move into new larger premises just outside Maidenhead later this year.

All sponsorship money from the event will go towards the services, ensuring every local patient and family member who needs support can receive it.

To join James and other participants, book your place today at www.bigmountainchallenge.com