Friends to cycle to Portugal for charity

Team biking for Rainbows Hospice EMN-140107-164656001
Team biking for Rainbows Hospice EMN-140107-164656001
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Three teenagers will be cycling 1,650 miles through Europe to raise money for an East Midlands children’s hospice.

Alexander Saunders, 13, from Braunston, and friends Ruth, 15, and Jacob Jefferis, 13, will set out from their school Maidwell Hall, near Market Harborough, on Monday to cycle to Faro in Portugal.

They will be joined by Alexander’s dad Mike, a former Uppingham School housemaster and now deputy headteacher of Oswestry School.

They will cycle up to 80 miles per day, camping along the way. The Cycle2Faro team aim to raise money for Rainbows Hospice for Children. Alexander said: “I realised just how lucky I am when I visited Rainbows Hospice. It made me realise that I could do something to help.”

Rainbows Hospice cares for 288 children and young people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses. It also supports 249 bereaved families and 521 siblings.

Through its outreach work in East Midlands paediatric oncology units, Rainbows also cares for children who have cancer.

To sponsor Cycle2Faro, visit For more details about the challenge visit

For details on Rainbows Hospice contact Karen Payne on or 01509 638024.