Evolve Senior Health Mentor Brian Padden and pupils from two primary schools in Keighley, West Yorkshire, have added up the proceeds of their cycling marathons and counted an impressive £2,344.
The pupils cycled five marathons between them in the playground – inspired by Brian’s five marathons in the Yorkshire Dales.
Over 400 pupils at Nessfield and St Joseph’s primary schools cycled 130 miles to raise money for sports equipment. And £1.059 of the proceeds was presented to Cancer Research UK, watched by 500 people in Nessfield’s school hall.
The children were inspired by Brian, who completed a gruelling three-day ride around the Yorkshire Dales in June for the cancer charity and encouraged children at the school to emulate his feat. Health Mentor Jack Halliday, who is based at St Joseph’s joined Brian to complete the first day in the dales.
Brian, who has lost several relatives to cancer, said: “It’s been fantastic to see the pupils take part in this so enthusiastically and raise money for cancer research and equipment to help them get fitter and boost learning.
“We presented the cheque and I used the opportunity to talk about how the money will be spent and how a healthy lifestyle helps to avoid cancer.”
Some of the money earmarked for sports equipment will help fund a visit by Bradford Bulls wheelchair rugby team who will invite pupils to try out playing sport from a wheelchair. The visit was requested by a disabled pupil from Nessfield.
Evolve Health Mentors Jack Halliday and Brian Padden are pictured presenting a cheque to Catherine Peacock of Cancer Research UK, watched by Nessfield acting head teacher Nicola Thornber