Pedal to the metal as Bourne Grammar alumnus raises funds alongside Iron Maiden manager

Back, from left, Barbara Elsey from Childline, Bernard Smith, headteacher Jonathan Maddox, Bourne Grammar School charity cocordinator Steve Topham. Front, Callum Scane, Adam Jordan, Joshua Haymes-Barrett, Lily Lewis-Gorman, Charlotte Harris and Lindsay Sharp
Back, from left, Barbara Elsey from Childline, Bernard Smith, headteacher Jonathan Maddox, Bourne Grammar School charity cocordinator Steve Topham. Front, Callum Scane, Adam Jordan, Joshua Haymes-Barrett, Lily Lewis-Gorman, Charlotte Harris and Lindsay Sharp
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A heavy metal fan has completed a 161-mile cycle to a music festival alongside rock legends Iron Maiden to raise money for charity.

Former Bourne Grammar School pupil Bernard Smith, who lives in Bourne, travelled from Alexandra Palace to Download festival at Donington Park.

He was raising money for Childline, Teenage Cancer Trust and the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, a charity that specialises in helping people with communication difficulties through the medium of music.

The three-day ride was organised by Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and Metal Hammer magazine editor Alexander Milas.

In a bid to raise sponsorship Bernard turned to the school he left in 2006 for help with his fundraising.

Pupils responded by raising a total of £1,884 for his nominated charities.

Bourne Grammar School’s charity co-ordinator Steve Topham said: “Bernard approached Jonathan Maddox and myself in May to see if the school would help him to raise money for the three charitable organisations.

“He made a very compelling case and the school really got behind him.

“Everyone was involved and through a combination of non-uniform days and refreshment sales the students and staff raised the sum of £1,884.

“This is an excellent result and we are very pleased that the students were so keen to support such worthwhile causes.”

Bernard said: “I’m hugely grateful to the school, particularly to Mr Maddox for giving me the time to ask him to put on this fundraising, and especially to Mr Topham, whose tireless efforts as the school’s charity coordinator has resulted in such a phenomenal result for these three charities.”

A presentation was made to Bernard Smith and Barbara Elsey of Childline at Bourne Grammar School.

In total the ride has now managed to raise £95,000.