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William Martin’s Rachel set to take on marathon cycling challenge

Education / Sun 28th Mar 2021 at 09:49am

WILLIAM Martin School’s brilliant pupil, Rachel, has decided to complete an amazing cycling feat, to raise money for bike sheds for her school.

The keen cyclist will be completing a 26-mile cycling challenge at the end of May, with her dad, Dan, riding along the River Stort to the Velodrome at the Olympic Village in Stratford.This is not the first fundraising project Rachel has completed, her longest ride to date has been 20 miles when she raised £300!  She has already smashed this record having raised £350 so far!


Rachel’s passion for cycling has been a lifeline during lockdown, and she sees raising money for her school’s bike sheds as a great opportunity for her to contribute to something that will directly benefit her and her school friends.

In an interview with Rachel, she said that in her last school, there was a bike shed for children to safely store their bikes, so she rode to school every day she could – because she loved riding! She said that if children ride to school, they use less cars, it’s less busy on the roads and we will burn less fossil fuel.  She feels very strongly that if we use more cars and there is more pollution, we will be chopping down more trees which means less oxygen.If the Schools have bike sheds, then lots of children could enjoy riding to school which is good for their health and a safer way to get to school.


Gina Bailey, Executive Headteacher, said that since the car park opposite the school has been closed for development, the roads have become busier.  Rachel has helped to highlight the importance of as many children as possible walking (and hopefully very soon) cycling to school, which will keep everyone safer and healthier.  Installing bike sheds would mean children could ride to school and store their bikes safely on the school site.  The school is so proud of Rachel for taking the initiative to organise this fund-raising project all by herself and hope to support Rachel with fundraising to get the bike sheds installed as soon as possible.

If you want to support Rachel with her Bike Shed Project and are able to make a donation, please go to https://gofund.me/99071263

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