Sammy’s 700 mile cycle ride sure to raise smiles

Sammy Sutcliffe near the Lune Aqueduct
Sammy Sutcliffe near the Lune Aqueduct

Seven-year-old Sammy Sutcliffe is about to complete an enormous cycling challenge that will help other children get their smiles back.

Sammy, from Caton is close to covering 700 miles in one academic year to raise money for Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.

Emma Sutcliffe, Sammy’s mum, said: “We decided to set Sammy a goal of 500 miles over the academic school year starting September 2013 as a challenge with an incentive of a new bike if he completed it.

“500 miles over 39 weeks is a huge amount for a seven-year-old and we thought we should try and raise some money for a good cause.

“After looking at several charities we saw some pictures of children helped by Smile Train.

“Sammy was upset by some of the pictures and wanted to help another child to get their smile back and so our charity was chosen.

“Sammy is extremely determined and we are very proud of him.”

Smile Train, which provides 100 per cent free cleft repair surgeries to children in over 85 countries, contacted Sammy to show him some pictures of the children he was helping, which spurred him on to help more children.

Having completed the 500 miles in June, and raising £350 – which would help pay for two surgeries - a neighbour pledged an extra £50 if Sammy upped his challenge to 700 miles.

Sammy is now on track to meet the target and hopes to raise £600, which would help pay for four life-changing cleft repair surgeries. He will be cycling 25-30 miles every week for the last seven weeks of the challenge which ends on July 23.

For more information on the challenge or to make a donation, visit his Just Giving page