Sam to tackle 230-mile ride

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A TEENAGER from Prest­bury will tackle a mam­moth 230-mile bike for char­ity.

In June Sam Thorn­tonWest, 14, will cy­cle from Lon­don to his school, Beech Hall in Tyther­ing­ton, be­gin­ning from Beech Hall’s sis­ter school, River­ston.

Sam and five other Beech Hall stu­dents – Harry Lyons, Otis Palmes, Brad Mon­roe, Louis Brock­le­hurst and Ewan Jones – aim to raise £10,000 for Friends of Park Lane Spe­cial School, at­tended by Otis’ brother, to help ren­o­vate the school’s hy­drother­apy pool. The pool is es­sen­tial for phys­io­ther­apy.

The team, named 90490 af­ter the school’s pledge to com­plete 90 events to mark its 90th birth­day, aim to com­plete up to 50 miles a day for six days, tak­ing canal tow­path routes where pos­si­ble.

Sam said: “Friends of Park Lane Spe­cial School is a great char­ity and we’re more than happy to take on this chal­lenge. “We thought out­side the box for the ride, which is part of our sum­mer ac­tiv­ity week.”

The boys need kit, spon­sor­ship and train­ing for their jour­ney and will bag pack in su­per­mar­kets to raise money for ac­com­mo­da­tion en route.

Beech Hall head­teacher James Allen said: “Sam is a pas­sion­ate young man who is very suc­cess­ful in his en­deav­ours. He will en­cour­age his team to fundraise and cy­cle hard.”

Do­nate at vir­gin­money­giv­ team90490 and for de­tails email team90490@gmail. com.

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