Pupils’ pedal power raises £11,000 for cancer research

Friday 17 October 2014

WEB Chloe Williams and James Goldberg with Y7 friendsFive pupils who went the extra mile for charity have earned special recognition from Cancer Research UK for their strenuous sponsored cycle ride.

The fundraising effort was the idea of James Goldberg, in year 7 at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), who wanted to raise money to help beat cancer in memory of his father Richard, who had been a keen cyclist and charity fundraiser.

James persuaded four friends from his year at school to saddle up in the summer holidays and cycle the Leeds-Liverpool canal, pedalling 127 miles in the space of just three days. Joining James on the ride were Adam Best, Finlay Bruce, Oli Walton and Benjie Ambler and three of their dads.

The grand total now exceeds £11,000 for Cancer Research UK, thanks to sponsorship from Hunters Estate Agents and the generosity of family and friends. Chloé Williams, Cancer Research UK’s local fundraising manager for Leeds and Wakefield, came to school to thank the boys personally.

After presenting the boys with certificates, medals and goodie bags, Chloé said: “We are grateful and stunned at this amazing achievement by such young boys. Without people like James and his friends we couldn’t do the work we do – the money raised will support vital research at St James’ Hospital. They should be very proud of themselves and I hope this is just the start of their fundraising careers!”

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