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Horbury Academy’s bike fundraiser for Wakefield Hospice

Bike event at Horbury Academy
Bike event at Horbury Academy

Horbury Academy students are to stage an end of year bike-a-thon to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice.

The bike-a-thon will take place on Thursday, July 19 between 9am and 2.30pm at the school on Wakefield Road.

Last May students from the Academy took part in an enterprise day; working in small groups they had to come up with fundraising ideas. In the end three teams were shortlisted to present their ideas to the fundraising team at Wakefield Hospice.

The students had some wonderful ideas and the winning enterprise team will bring their idea to fruition on July 19.

The event will involve 60 static bikes, with students taking turns to cycle 15 minutes each in relay, with the aim of cycling around the world in one day.

Teaching staff are also set to get involved with a mini relay race of their own.

Enterprise students, Lucy Squires, Hollie Bradbury and Morvyn Gardiner-Mackie said “We have been working extremely hard towards the charity bike-a-thon event for the past year. It has been a very exciting process with lots of different steps in order to make it work. It has been eye opening to the amount of work and dedication needed to make events like this happen.

“However, to know we have worked so hard to help others is an amazing feeling to have. To know that this money will be making a difference makes all the hard work worthwhile. We hope we have made a positive impact on some of the patients’ lives.”

Helen Knowles, director of fundraising at Wakefield Hospice, said: “We were so grateful to the students for working so hard to organise the bike-a-thon. It has been wonderful to work with the students and see their idea develop into a fundraising event to raise funds for patient care at the hospice.”

Students have also organised a raffle and cake stall to help raise funds for the hospice.