Stamford boy Arthur cycles 145km in aid of #TeamGeorge

Arthur Westbrook, who cycled 145km during a cycling holiday in Majorca for Team George EMN-160104-165722001
Arthur Westbrook, who cycled 145km during a cycling holiday in Majorca for Team George EMN-160104-165722001

A young boy has joined the likes of David Beckham and Jonny Wilkinson by supporting #TeamGeorge - and he even gave up his Easter holidays to do it.

Arthur Westbrook, seven, was inspired to do something to help the #TeamGeorge campaign and as his family had already planned a cycling holiday in Majorca, that seemed the natural step.

The campaign aims to raise funds for Stamford teenager George Robinson, who was seriously injured in a rugby accident. George is a close friend of Arthur’s older brother Duncan, 18, and when Arthur heard about it, he was keen to do his bit. His proud mum Anthea, of St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, said: “We were absolutely delighted to hear Arthur wanted to help.

“When we did a mud run for WaterAid last year, Arthur wasn’t interested so we were a bit unsure as to whether he would remain committed to the cause but he did and we couldn’t be more proud.”

Arthur had originally hoped to cycle 100km and set an initial fundraising target of £200 but he soared through both goals, cycling 145km and so far collecting more than £1,100 for the cause.

Arthur, a Year 2 pupil at St Gilbert’s Primary School, was joined by dad Perry and Duncan on the five-day cycle ride last week.

Arthur proudly donned his #TeamGeorge T-shirt, raising awareness - and more funds along the way.

Anthea added: “For Arthur, it was a huge achievement and for us, it was a holiday with a real purpose.”

As well as friends and family supporting the cause, holiday company Inntravel kindly donated £100, as did clients at Anthea and Perry’s business The Broad Street Practice.

To sponsor Arthur visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/teamgeorgegnome.