Edward and Jacob, aged nine, cycle their way to raising £400

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THE Help for Heroes charity is more than £400 better off after two boys aged nine decided to do their bit by cycling 10 miles

Edward Saberton-Ward and Jacob Phillips were inspired to take on the challenge after hearing about the plight of soliders serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in an assembly at Bourne Westfield Primary School, where they are both pupils.

Edward’s mum Claire was shocked when her son came home from school and said he wanted to do a sponsored ride for Help for Heroes.

Edward said: “We did something in assembly on the wars and the Poppy Appeal. It made me feel a bit sad about the people in Afghanistan so I wanted to help.

“I just said to Jacob ‘let’s do a sponsored bike ride’ and he said ‘OK’ so that’s how we did it.”

The two had originally hoped to raise £50 from their ride last Saturday but they were delighted that friends and family were so generous and helped them hit the £400 mark.

Edward, who said his favourite subject at school is PE, said: “We wanted to get £50 and £400 is loads more than that so we were very pleased. My teacher even sponsored us.

“It was hard work cycling all that way and I was absolutely shattered at the end of it but it was worth it.”

Edward and Jacob, who lives in Thurlby, are firm friends and both enjoy cycling. Edward, who was on a new bike, got a puncture but managed to complete the ride.

Their route took them from Bourne Wood, across the fields to Edenham, along to Lound, back to the Elsea Park estate in Bourne and round to the wood again. They were accompanied by Edward’s stepfather Chris and Jacob’s father Jason.

Claire, of Fir Avenue, Bourne, said: “I couldn’t be more proud of them. It is a long way for two boys of that age but they managed to return home unscathed.

“I can’t believe they have raised more than £400 for Help for Heroes. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored them and have been so generous.”

Carol Roome, a charity co-ordinator for Help for Heroes, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to hear about the efforts of these two young boys.

“It is a fantastic effort to cycle 10 miles, particularly for two children of that age, and we can’t thank them enough. What little treasures they are!”