Thirteen intrepid parents and two members of staff from St. Anne's Fulshaw CE Primary School are cycling all the way to Stonehenge to raise funds for the school's annual sports week, which was recently nominated for the Innovation Award at the Cheshire and Warrington Sports Partnership presentation evening.
The ride will start on Friday 31st May and finish 175 miles later on Sunday 2nd of June. Participants are covering their expenses out of their own pockets to ensure that all funds go directly to the school. St. Anne's Fulshaw is a small community school with just 130 pupils but funding from the PTA has enabled the children to try 45 different sports in previous school sports weeks.
Chocolatier and chef Lee Molloy-Sheratt is organising the event. He came up with the idea of riding to the iconic landmark as an inspiring end point for the cyclists to aim for. Last year 10 parents and friends of the school cycled the coast to coast bike route from Cumbria to Northumberland and raised a fantastic total of £4,000. As an acknowledgement of their great efforts on behalf of the school they were presented with medals by Chris Cook the Olympic swimmer who visited the school's sports day.
As well as raising money for the school the parents and teachers hope to show the pupils the benefits of an active healthy lifestyle. Miss Jackson the sport co-ordinator at the school commented "The training has been really hard, I didn't even have a bike when I started but this if this shows the children what you can achieve with hard work and perseverance it will have been worth it."
If you would like to support the riders you can donate online via their Charity Giving website, which will also allow the PTA to claim gift aid on donations.