Boys’ cycle challenge raises more than £500 for hospice

David and Nathan at the finish line with all their supporters.
David and Nathan at the finish line with all their supporters.

Two schoolboys who took on a 21-mile cycle ride for St John’s Hospice have raised more than £500 for the cause.

David Timperley, 15, and his friend Nathan Smith, 12, cycled the Preston Guild Wheel route.

David, who lives in Lancaster but attends Ashton Community Science College in Preston, has been deaf since birth and was taught to ride a bike in just five months by Nathan, who is autistic.

Debbie Shanley, assistant manager at Alexandra House in Lancaster, an overnight break service run by Lancashire County Council which David and Nathan attend, accompaned the boys on the ride.

She said: “When we all woke up on the day of the ride it was a very wet and damp morning, but the boys’ attitude was ‘let’s just do it’.

“We arrived at the start line and had a welcoming party from Alexandra House and South Avenue to offer us support; the rain was tumbling down but once at the start line, we heard the hooter go and off we went along our way.

“We cycled well to our drinks station at 12 miles and were greeted by our young people who had made homemade flapjacks and warm drinks.

“David and Nathan were soaked to the skin, so after a quick drink and snack we set off to finish the last nine miles, which would probably take us about another hour.

“The boys cycled very well; it rained for 19 miles and as we approached the last two miles the rain stopped and the sun came out.

“As we approached the finish line we could see a banner hear cheers and hear horns tooting.

“David and Nathan both went over the finish line together. It had taken them three hours in total.

“The boys were overjoyed at finishing the cycle ride but also very tired, so a quick change out of their wet clothes and into their onsies and a well deserved rest was in order.”

David and Nathan have raised between £500 and £550, and will present a cheque to St John’s Hospice once all the money is in.

David has now completed his Silver Gateway award [a Mencap scheme similar to the Duke of Edinburgh] and Nathan his Bronze award.

David said: “It’s the best experience of my life and I can now ride a bike all because of Nathan.”

Nathan said: “My mum is very proud of me and my school [the Loyne Schoo]) are so happy that I have done it.”

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