Pupils peddle to Lapland for ‘Believe and Achieve’ Charity
Saturday 20th December 2014 @ 13:58 by Mark Phillip

A hardy cohort of year five pupils peddled their way to Lapland last month in a bid to raise money for the Alex Williams Believe and Achieve Trust.

Believe and Achieve Trust: The pupils collectively cycled 200 miles for the Charity

Believe and Achieve Trust: The pupils collectively cycled 200 miles for the Charity

The St John Fisher Primary School youngsters were joined on the day by Active Tameside Sports Coach Mr Bardsley, who took to bike himself to contribute to worthwhile cause.

However, the eager fundraisers needed no protective warm clothing on the day because they had the luxury of accumulating the 2210 miles from Stalybridge to Sweden in the comfort of a cosy Copley Leisure Centre.

The multi-purpose facility, which boasts a gym, badminton courts and astro-turf football pitches, implemented a state of the art cycle studio recently which comprises a modern visual experience like no other.

Those that turned out to raise money on the day were treated to the graphic experience, dubbed ‘My Ride’, which offers a series of different visuals aimed at bringing some of the world’s most picturesque places straight to Copley.

Children from various schools immersed themselves in the fun throughout the day and were aided in their quests by members of the general public and Active Tameside Staff.

Each child gave a donation of £1 and had former Manchester City and Oldham Athletic footballer Darren Beckford as their personal minibus driver.

In order to accumulate the desired mileage, children were given a choice of cycling for 5 miles or peddling for 30 minutes.

And without due hesitation, the pupils of St John Fisher, with the help of Deputy Head Teacher Donal Townson, collectively cycled 189.5 miles which is the equivalent of travelling from Haughton Green to London.

Despite suffering from heavy legs from his earlier cycle, Mr Bardlsey returned to the centre later in the day for an additional 10.5 mile ride which brought the schools collective efforts to a fantastic 200 miles.

Deputy Head Teacher Donal Townson heaped praise on the students after the fundraiser and said “I was really proud of the pupils and their efforts to support a very worthwhile local charity.

“Mr.Moorhouse and the staff at Copley centre were brilliant at encouraging the children to achieve a minimum of five miles, many of whom exceeded this fantastic effort.”