Teenage friends made it all the way to France in just three days in a two-wheeled ride of a lifetime to honour the memory of fellow pupil, Milan.
The Kenilworth School pupils made it from London’s Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris during a cycle ride with a difference as they pedalled to pull in funds in memory of Milan, who lost his battle with cancer in March.
Head Boy Tim Hammond was joined by fellow pupils and friends Tom Butler, Callum Ward and Alfie Evans to complete the 280-mile ride across two countries.
Since reaching their French destination, the 16-year-olds have already raised over £4,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and hope to reach £5,000 over the summer.
Milan’s mother Gita – who completed her own walking challenge for the cause just months ago – said she was overwhelmed by their efforts.
“The boys have done it,” she said. “They have raised over £4,000 and as a family we would like to say how amazed and proud we are of all of them for their hard work in raising so much in Milan’s memory.”
It was stressful at times but then we would remember why we were travelling to Paris. Not just for us, but for Milan and people like him who have to suffer cancer.Tim Hammond
The 14-year-old football fan was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2012 and underwent extensive treatments to try and beat it.
Head Boy Tim said from planning the ride to arriving in Paris, seeing how much difference funds could make to the charity – which made the teenager’s life more bearable in his worst times – really made it all worthwhile.
“When we heard the awful news of Milan Patel passing away, both Alfie and I knew that we wanted to raise money in his memory,” he said.
“The cycle ride itself was truly amazing and an unforgettable experience. Every member of the team thoroughly enjoyed it.
“It was stressful at times but then we would remember why we were travelling to Paris. Not just for us, but for Milan and people like him who have to suffer cancer.
“Getting to the Arc de Triomphe hit us all very hard emotionally. To think we had cycled over 200 miles in three days, all the way to Paris.
“This cycle ride was in Milan’s memory and that’s why we have tried so hard to get to our target of £5,000.”
The riders were joined by staff members, Julie Davies, Matt Snape, Dave Peacey and Stephen Hillier for the trip where they covered around 80 miles per day.
Head teacher Hayden Abbot said: “This is a brilliant initiative. The boys have worked very hard in planning this to raise money for an important and worthwhile charity.”
Visit the fundraising page to donate.