Three determined cyclists from Brooksbank Sixth Form have recently completed the ride of their lives to aid a children’s charity!

The scenic but gruelling, three-day event began on Friday, 15 October, when our fundraising superstars breezed through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

The plan was to ride 159 miles over tortuous terrain to raise funds for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.  Callum Booth, Liam Smith and Matthew Rushworth pulled on their Brooksbank-branded jackets to battle steeply twisting assents, free-wheel downhill, and push forward with a we-can-do-this mindset.

Callum said, “We wanted a difficult ride to really push ourselves physically and mentally in memory of Jake.  And to raise as large a sum of money as possible for the hospice that gave him respite and end of life care.

Thankfully, five-star backup was there whenever they needed it!  Driving a school minibus, Sixth Form Head, Mr Puddephatt made an excellent response unit, tracking and encouraging the intrepid trio throughout the journey.  He was also on-hand to film video footage of some of the ride’s most taxing moments, including the infamous 2.2km-long Hardknott Pass in the Eskdale valley.  These made bright and breezy posts on social media!

At around 5.00 pm on Sunday, the broken but elated boys coasted into Robin Hood’s Bay and threw themselves onto the grass.  The adventure raised over £4,000 for the charity that had cared for Callum’s cousin, Jake, who sadly passed away in 2013 at just six years old.  “The Forget Me Not Hospice did an amazing job in supporting his family and letting Jake’s legacy live on,” said Callum on the fundraiser’s Just Giving page.

Afterwards, the boys thanked their 100-plus supporters, who included friends, families, businesses and teachers, for their generous donations.

“We’d like to thank Head of Brooksbank School Sixth Form, Mr Puddephatt, for the unbelievable support and encouragement in planning the ride and acting as our support driver.  And a big thank you to all who have generously donated and those who may still wish to.”

What an incredible achievement, boys!  Well done!

You can still donate here