Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green is heading a team of eight cyclists hoping to raise more than £100,000 in a charity ride this summer.

They will be competing in August’s Ride London event on behalf of the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity and Whizz-Kidz which aims to transform the lives of disabled children in the UK.

Green’s team ‘The Sunny Hearters’ will cycle the course used in the London Olympics by Sir Bradley Wiggins as part of his journey to win gold.

Green said: “I am thrilled to be part of ‘The Sunny Hearters’ and tackling this event together.

“I am regularly humbled by the challenges our employees undertake to raise money for this great cause and have decided it is my turn to contribute.

“I have set a personal target of £100K, that equates to £1,000 per mile, to raise funds for two charities that are very close to my heart, The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity and Whizz-Kidz.

“I’m so grateful to my family members and friends for joining me in this challenge and we’re looking forward to crossing the finish line as a team. People can follow us on Twitter, just look out for #teamsunnyhearters.”