Somehow it has already been 4 weeks since 5 members of St Matthew’s staff under took a 93 mile bike ride from Luton to Brighton (we had all been told it was only going to be 75miles) in order to raise funds for local charity, The Level Trust. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the riders as they took on their huge challenge.
The day was a success from start to finish; the morning was kicked off with a free breakfast for all St Matthew’s children who came into school on their bikes and scooters.
Before the ride started our staff where joined by 15 other riders, who would be heading on to Paris after reaching Brighton! After a short motivation speech from Professor Greg Whyte OBE the cyclists were cheered off the start line by all 840 pupils plus staff as they started on the long task ahead of them.
After the start children in years 3-6 were lucky enough to receive an assembly from Greg Whyte, he talked about his own life experiences including how he got to the Olympics as well as the work he does with celebrities such as David Walliams and the Red Nose Day charity. This was all linked in with the message that the children can reach their goals if they stick with them and work hard!
Throughout the day the children and staff were a constant support for our riders sending them lots of motivational messages to help keep them going.
The St Matt’s team made it to Brighton (with only a few wrong turns) safe and sound by 8:45pm that evening, almost 12 hours after cycling out of the school gates that morning.
The cyclist would like to stay a huge thank you to everyone involved and who donated and helped the St Matthew’s team contribute a massive £1557.68 towards The Level Trust’s Uniform Exchange campaign, supporting children and families in our town!
On 28th of April 26 challenges from Luton businesses and schools set off from St Matthew’s Primary school to cycle on an epic journey to Paris. The challenge was kick started with a pep talk from sporting endurance expert, Greg Whyte. An Olympic champion and professor, Greg is best known for helping celebrities such as David Walliams and James Cracknell achieve amazing sporting feats for charity.
Professor Whyte OBE said: ‘It is a gargantuan challenge but they look like they are up for it. The kids are in the background and it’s all for a fantastic cause. I am just here to set them off and make sure that they leave in the first place and wish them all the very best of luck!’
After cycling to school in the morning the St Matthew’s Primary school children made flags and banners and lined the streets to cheer the challengers off on their way.
Challenger Siobhan Rooney from Pictons Solicitors said:
‘It felt amazing to be waved off by 100’s of children flying flags and wishing us luck. The adrenaline rush it gave me made first section of the ride seem much easier than I thought it would be.’
Others at the start line included Luton Mayor Cllr Tahir Khan, Luton Town Football Club midfielder Cameron McGeehan and representatives from event supporters SsangYong Motors UK.
After a demanding 88 miles on the bike in the UK finishing with a grueling cycle up the south down hills, the challenges only just made it in time to catch the ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe in France. Little sleep was had by the team before setting off again at 7am the next morning to tackle the final 103 miles across to Paris. The challengers, working as a team, arrived together at the finish line at the Trocadero over looking the Eiffel Tower at 6:30pm.
Chellenger Sing Li from Machins Solicitors said:
‘I am so proud that the team and I from Machins achieved this together with the other challengers. It was tough but we did it. It feels great.’
The event was organised by Daniel Coyle from Ryebridge Ltd raising money for local children’s charity Level Trust. The Trust’s CEO Jane Malcolm said:
‘Ryebridge are big supporters of ours. They have been incredibly generous in putting this event together for us. So far the challengers have raised a total of £8457.50. The funding will go towards helping us provide school uniform, shoes and coats to children living below the poverty line in Luton.’
To find out more about Level Trust and to donate visit their website www.leveltrust.org