Teens take to the road for charity trip

Peter and Luke at the end of the gruelling cycle ride.
Peter and Luke at the end of the gruelling cycle ride.

Ripley St Thomas sixth form pupils Peter Hale and Luke Sheppard, 18, recently completed a gruelling 300 mile sponsored cycle from Lancaster to London to raise funds for Peter’s gap year charity work.

Peter’s twelve-month placement with the educational charity Project Trust begins in August.

The 17-year-old will be teaching in an English development programme in four schools near the city of Galle, Sri Lanka, before attending university in September 2015.

Setting off from Dalton Square at 9am on April 7, they arrived at the Sri Lankan Embassy, near Hyde Park, at approximately 6.30pm on April 12, where they were met by their very proud mothers and several interested Embassy staff.

After having a tour of the Embassy building and a very welcome cup of Ceylon tea, Peter and Luke, 18, headed back to Euston station for the train

journey home.

Peter, an ex-pupil of the soon to close Skerton Community High School, said: “It was an incredible experience and has inspired me to fundraise for other charities when I return from Sri Lanka.”

Project Trust are a Scottish-based organisation with almost five decades of experience in sending school-leavers to volunteer projects across three continents – Africa, Asia and South America.

In order to begin his placement, Peter must raise £5,600 which covers costs such as flights, insurance and living costs while in Sri Lanka.

With just under £1,000 raised from several previous events, such as leg-waxing at his sixth form and a seven-day sponsored silence, Peter has raised around £1,800 from his cycle so far, about half of the total that must be raised by the end of July.

If anyone would like to make a donation towards Peter’s fundraising, they can do so at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PeterHalePT, his online fundraising page.