Pupils get on their bikes to raise cash

Students from Astley Community High School raised �1876 for Prostate Cancer UK by completing the 150 mile Coast to Coast cycling challenge.
Students from Astley Community High School raised �1876 for Prostate Cancer UK by completing the 150 mile Coast to Coast cycling challenge.
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Students saddled up for an epic challenge which raised nearly £2,000 for charity.

A group of Year 9 pupils from Astley Community High School in Seaton Delaval were joined by staff to complete the 150-mile Coast to Coast cycling challenge, raising £1,876.22 in the process.

The group set off from Whitehaven in Cumbria and cycled across the country to finish in Seaton Sluice as part of an event during the school’s activities week.

The 11 students – along with retired teacher Ian Brown, student progress leader Paddy Drought, and learning support assistant Kirsten Bell – spent three days cycling in July in all kinds of weather with challenges including the summit of Hartside fell, which has an altitude of 1,903 feet.

Mr Drought said: “I am delighted that the group of Year 9 cycling novices were able to be shaped into Coast to Coast Challenge conquerors.

“On the ride we encountered extreme weather conditions and challenging terrain which tested the resolve of all the students. Thankfully they had trained well and had come prepared for the worst.

“Each student rose to the challenge and should feel immensely proud.”

Last week, the pupils presented the cheque to Prostate Cancer UK’s David Slaughter, whose grandson Daniel is in Year 13, while one of the cyclists had lost a close family member to the disease.

Executive headteacher John Barnes said: “I am tremendously proud and privileged to be a headteacher of a school where the students make such an effort to help raise money to fight this terrible illness.

“It is through such dedication as shown by the students who completed the Coast to Coast that a cure will be found for cancer.

“I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the raising of the money.”

The students who took part were: Matthew Fickling, James Armstrong, Tom Fulthorpe, Callum Jenkins, Alice Dungworth, Thomas Griffin, Callum Moore, Scott Robinson, Connor Wright, Beth Chandler and Erin Kelly.