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Teens Commended After 70-Mile Charity Bike Ride

Friday May 24 2013

Pupils commended for charity efforts Pupils commended for charity efforts

A GROUP of Netherwood teens have been commended for organising and completing a 70-mile charity bike ride to Cleethorpes.

The five 16-year-olds, Ashley Murphy, Connor Jones, Peter Harper, Luke Wills, Leon Jenkinson and Kyle Matthews took advantage of the bank holiday weekend to make the trek in support of Macmillan Cancer Care.

The friends came up with the idea as a way of thanking the charity for the care Peter's grandfather received during his battle with cancer but Kyle's mum, Lesley, 40, said she didn't initially believe them.

She said: "We thought they were just joking! We didn't think they were going to go through with it and, two days before, they said they had to get their bikes ready and we thought 'oh, okay, sure'. But, come Friday morning, they set off from Brampton Hall and cycled to Cleethorpes."

Although the journey was only technically 70 miles, some members of the group managed to clock up 110 miles due to getting lost - taking between 12 and 15 hours to reach their destination.

After camping in Cleethorpes for a couple of days to recuperate, the friends returned to Brampton on Monday and raised £495 in sponsorship.

They were honoured at a presentation at Netherwood yesterday and Lesley said she was very proud of them. She said: "You don't find many 16-year-old lads willing to do something like that."

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Reply Posted by cheryll on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 16:52
well done lads so many young kids get slated and netherwood has been pulled down recently by media but not all kids are bad and this just goes to prove it xx