PRIMARY SCHOOL TEAM CYCLE 54 MILES IN FUNDRAISER TO PROVIDE SPORTS FACILITIES FOR PUPILS
Manorfield Primary complete London to Brighton cycle, now only £1,500 away from target amount for facilities to provide healthy living for pupils facing barriers in education
On Sunday 15th September cyclists representing Manorfield Primary rode the 54-mile distance between London and Brighton to raise over £3,000 for the school’s outdoor learning area and sports facilities. It was the second time a Manorfield team had taken part in the London–Brighton event, marking both an increase in participants and in the amount fundraised. The ride was the culmination of a long process involving recruitment, fundraising and the training necessary to complete the challenge.
Manorfield Primary, a school located in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, takes the annual cycling event as an opportunity to raise money for the development of facilities that help to give its students the best possible start in life. Andrew Scott, coordinator of the Manorfield cycling team and school business manager, says ‘we understand that many of our children face huge barriers, but we’re not using these barriers as excuses – we’re finding ways to overcome them’.
With the money raised by the 2018 cycle going towards a new bike storage shelter, encouraging children, staff and parents to cycle to school, the Manorfield Charitable Foundation decided to put funds raised by this year’s event into the development of the school’s outdoor learning and sports facilities, as well as towards a new educational cooking studio, so that a tradition begins in which money raised through sporting prowess goes straight back into providing access to physical education and healthy living for pupils.
The Manorfield team gathered at 8:30am on Clapham Common on Sunday, with school staff and trustees featuring in the line-up. Every member of the Manorfield peloton completed the 54-mile journey, just as famous for its punishing hill climbs as its wonderful scenery. Paul Watson, Manorfield’s Science Leader, completed the cycle on his Brompton bike, while others were kitted out with full lycra and racing bicycles to complete the route in as fast a time as possible. Foundation trustee Alex Cameron described the ride as ‘gruelling’, but posed for a proud selfie at the finish line after having raised an incredible £1,118 for the cause. Many of the Manorfield cyclists re-grouped at the end of the event for a well-deserved post-challenge celebration.
The amount raised currently stands at £3,310, with donations still coming in and the target amount set at £5,000. If you’d like to donate, please follow https://www.goldengiving.com/fundraising-team/Manorfield-London-to-Brighton-2019
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