Pedal car ride in honour of inspirational teacher who is suffering with cancer

Ben Vidler with some of the students on the latest Giles Adventure Camp in Edale, Derbyshire.
Ben Vidler with some of the students on the latest Giles Adventure Camp in Edale, Derbyshire.

Giles Academy pupils are to take on a tough coast-to-coast pedal in respect of an ‘inspirational’ teacher who is seriously ill with cancer.

The team of sixth form pupils are preparing for the charity feat – which will see them ride non-stop in their pedal car from Wales to Skegness.

They do this to raise money fro Macmillan in honour of the school’s assistant head Ben Vidler – who is seriously ill with the condition.

A spokesman for the school said: “As an avid supporter for the benefits of outdoor education, Ben has been instrumental in the development of Giles Adventure and one of his passions has always been to complete a coast-to-coast bike ride.

“Therefore everyone considered this to be a fitting way to fundraise for his nominated charity, Macmillan and to show respect for an inspirational teacher.”

The pupils will set off on Wednesday, October 1, at Flint on the north coast of Wales, tackling the arduous terrain non-stop to finish at Skegness 48 hours later on the Friday .

They will cover more than 230 miles, longer than the usual route, allowing the team to pass by Ben’s house, make a pit-stop in Boston and Giles Academy en-route to the coast. The machine they are using is the one ridden to success by Giles year 10 students in the British Championship 24-hour race.

The selected team members are Jason Elliott, George Houlden, Rowan Mason, Ryan Ryband, Gabrielle Petrauskaite, Anna Curbeson, Shannon Haliday, Maddy Verdigal, Tom Willetts and staff member Alicia Brunskill.

Pupils will be taking part in other fundraising activities at the same time as the ride takes place.

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