teens cycle 50 miles to raise £1,300 for African kids
fundraising teenagers from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge cycled
50 miles across Somerset on Sunday (19th March) to raise over £1,300
for a charity helping African children.
Randall, Sophie Brady, Tilly Randall and Lilly Keeley-Watts, all
pupils at King Alfred School, pedalled across Somerset to help the
Singing Children of Africa - a group of needy children who visited
the Burnham-On-Sea area last year.
Burnham-On-Sea.com was invited along to the start on Sunday morning
where the youngsters were cheered off by a group of parents and
supporters, as pictured here.
leaing The Grove in Burnham-On-Sea, they cycled more than 50 miles
across the Somerset levels, including a very challenging route through
"The girls did an amazing job and completed their 50.3 miles
in five hours - or an overall time of six hours and 45 mins including
one of the parents, Wendy Randall.
"They are so grateful to everyone who has sponsored them and
would like to say a big thank you to each and everyone of them for
helping them raise over £1,300 and rising for Educate The
Kiids, which will be put to great use for these wonderful children."
girls were so inspired by these amazing children and the way in
which they live that they wanted to do something to raise money
for the charity. The
money raised will be used to put these young African children through
school and give them an education that they otherwise wouldn't have."
girls had never done anything like this before and had to train
for many weekends in advance, sometimes in very poor weather.
four said: "Over the course of two years all four of us have
become involved with The Singing Children of Africa. As well as
forming unconditional friendships, we have learnt many things from
the children, including their way of living, and passionate outlook
have given us the inspiration to raise money for them, to help them,
and just generally try and make a difference. After inviting members
of The Singing Children of Africa to stay in our homes with us,
we felt that we wanted to go even further."
time in Somerset brought us together as a family, creating memories
that will last forever more. The children's companionable ways have
encouraged us to go even further. We want to make a difference."
group has an online sponsorship and fundraising page which is available
More details about the work that the charity does is also available
on their website at educatethekids.com.