Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Display of Their Abilities; Pupils and Staff Take on Epic Challenge

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Display of Their Abilities; Pupils and Staff Take on Epic Challenge

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Byline: Sarah Scott

UNDETERRED by their disabilities, this group of students arrived back in the North East to overwhelming cheers to celebrate completing a coast-to-coast challenge.

Dipping the wheels of their bikes into the sea at Tynemouth, North Tyneside, the group from The Percy Hedley Foundation upper school officially completed their epic cycling challenge yesterday.

Despite suffering from cerebral palsy and other communication disabilities, the pupils aged between 14 and 19 faced the massive 143-mile cycling challenge with the help of staff at the foundation to raise money for their school.

Six members of staff and nine students started on June 20 from Workington on the west coast of Cumbria dipping the wheels of their bikes into the sea there before setting off on their five-day cycling challenge.

Taking in a minimum of 25 miles a day, the staff and students made their way back to the region on the ride. They went from Keswick to Penrith, and then up into the Pennines, via Alston and into County Durham and Northumberland.

They completed their gruelling challenge yesterday at Tynemouth Priory. Proud parents Karen and Gerry Lunn, of South Shields, cheered as their son Christopher, 17, arrived back in the North East. "It is fantastic and we are so proud we could burst," said Karen.

"Christopher has weak muscles, is autistic and dyspraxic and for him to do this is just fantastic. He has been so excited about doing this and they had been training at school."

Christopher, who has been a pupil at Percy Hedley since September, said: "I feel fantastic, I am glad it is finished but it was great fun. I never thought I could do it."

Jonathan Jackson, 16, of Langley Park, completed the coast-to-coast on a tandem.

Support assistant and challenge organiser Dave Batra took it in turns with human resources manager Ian Burke on the tandem bike. …

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