Teens take on 900 mile charity bike ride

Charity cyclists from Anthony Gell School, Ben Jones, Laurie Butler and Jack Sutton
Charity cyclists from Anthony Gell School, Ben Jones, Laurie Butler and Jack Sutton

A team of intrepid travelling teens plan to pedal 900 miles to give their support to a worthwhile cause.

Six students from Anthony Gell School will cycle to Wirksworth’s twin town of Die, in the South East of France, during summer next year.

Laurie Butler of Bonsall, Jack Sutton of Windley and Ben Jones of Bonsall, all aged 16, will join Regan Cooper and Wilf Turner, both aged 15, of Wirksworth, to raise £2,500 for Amnesty International by taking on the challenge.

Laurie got the idea to cycle to Die after going on a school trip there.

“Wirksworth is twinned with Die and I went on a French exchange there,” he said.

“It’s really good there and it’s got massive mountains around it.

“I thought it would be a really good adventure to cycle to Die.”

He said the teenagers were passionate about human rights and wanted to support Amnesty International because it is a good cause.

Laurie enjoys being outdoors and cycling, climbing and kayaking among other sports.

He has a real taste for adventure and when he leaves school wants to have a job that will enable him to travel and be outdoors.

The friends, who have mixed cycling ability, will be taking to their bikes in the summer break next year when they will be between doing their GSCE and AS Level examinations.

They expect the journey will take them between two or three weeks.

“We are not really bothered about how long it takes us – it’s more about the adventure,” Laurie said.

They have already been looking at a map to plan a route and have the support of their headteacher, David Baker, and their parents.

Laurie admitted that while his parents are backing his plans they are a little anxious about them.

“I think they are slightly nervous, they are keen for us to do it though,” he added.

The challengers have set up their own webpage and will post regular updates on their plans. It can be viewed by visiting www.twowheelstwintowns.wordpress.com

To sponsor the teens visit their Just Giving webpage, http://www.justgiving.com/twowheelstwintowns

Amnesty International is a global organisation with more than three million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.

The charity fights for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

To find out more about Amnesty’s work visit www.amnesty.org