Year 8 student Archie Hanlon is planning an ambitious bike ride to raise money for the Spinal Injuries Association, a charity that his Grandpa was a founding member of.
Archie’s parents challenged him to do a fundraising event this year to commemorate becoming a teenager. He decided to cycle around the Isle of Wight in a day and is hoping to raise up to £775 for his efforts.
Archie has previously raised funds for the charity by doing a sponsored five-mile run when he was 8, his latest ambitious project will see him travelling to the most exposed and northerly, easterly, southerly and westerly points on the island.
Archie said: ‘As a family we have raised money for the SIA in the past, I thought I would carry on with that. I have decided to cycle all the way around the Isle of Wight in a day - it is about 70 miles with over 5000 feet of uphill cycling (that’s higher than Ben Nevis) and can be very windy, so I think it will be a good challenge. My Dad is doing it with me and we are all set for the 16th May in the middle of my May holidays. We have just started training for it.’
Archie’s dad, Nic said: ‘In 2011 we established "For Pete's Sake" in memory of my Dad, Peter Hanlon. Following a car accident in 1972, my Dad spent nearly 40 years paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. “For Pete's Sake" is a series of challenges to raise funds for the SIA. So far, with the help of our amazing friends and family and various team events we have now raised over £5,000 and are keen to get this eventually to £10,000.
Archie will also be doing lots of training and so will be looking for a bit of encouragement along the way by seeing the donations increase each week. Ideally he would like to raise a further £500 before he sets off and £775 by the time he finishes. Thanks in advance to anyone who wants to show their support and donate to the charity.’
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