Bourne teenagers raise £1,000 on 127-mile cycle ride

Bourne Grammar School pupils Ellis O'Connell and Charles Hick cycled from from Liverpool to Leeds
Bourne Grammar School pupils Ellis O'Connell and Charles Hick cycled from from Liverpool to Leeds
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TWO pupils raising money to carry out charity work in Africa have completed a 127 mile sponsored cycle ride.

Bourne Grammar School pupils Charlie Hick and Ellis O’Connell, both 16, cycled from Liverpool to Leeds over two days in July.

The boys are fundraising towards a four week trip to Knysna Township in South Africa in August 2013 where they will volunteer at a school helping to teach English and sport.

The boys passed through Burnley, Wigan and Blackburn on their 18 hour trek across the country, surviving getting lost and even technical malfunctions that caused Charlie’s back wheel to fall off.

The boys are still collecting the sponsorship from their ride but have already raise more than £1,000.

Ellis said: “We are really pleased with how much money we have raised and with how well the ride went.

“When we got to the end we were feeling really drained physically but when we sat down and thought about what we had done we were both really proud of what we achieved.”

In April the boys raised about £600 packing bags at Tesco in Bourne along with Edward Nation, 16, who will also be going to Africa.

They each need to raise £2,000 to make the trip to Knysna.