Kenilworth School pupils swap books for bikes in charity cycle

Tim Hammond, Alfie Evans, Callum Ward and Tom Butler.
Tim Hammond, Alfie Evans, Callum Ward and Tom Butler.
  • Friends will cycle from London to Paris in memory and support for Milan Patel who died in March after a battle with cancer
  • The team hopes to make it to Paris in three days and bring in funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust
  • They have planned the route themselves and are appealing for help reach the charity goal

Schoolboys will pedal all the way to Paris in a three-day cycle challenge to honour the memory of friend and former fellow pupil, Milan Patel.

Kenilworth School’s head boy Tim Hammond will be joined by three friends for the 280-mile challenge next month in the hope of making it from London’s Marble Arch to Paris in just three days.

We are fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Milan Patel who recently passed away

Tim Hammond

Cycling alongside 16-year-olds Alfie Evans, Callum Ward and Tom Butler, the gruelling trip will help him bring in funds and support for the Teenage Cancer Trust to remember Milan who died from bone cancer in March.

After weeks planning the route which will take them through around 80 miles of countryside each day, the boys are almost ready to set off - but not before another appeal for donations to help boost the charity kitty.

Speaking about the charity, the team said it was “very important” to the school following the death of their friend and popular pupil.

In a plea for fundraising Tim said: “We are fundraising for Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Milan Patel who recently passed away.

“We are also raising funds for the new site development of Kenilworth School and Sixth Form as we want to give something back to the school in return for the exceptional standard of education we have received.”

Teachers, Julie Davies, Matt Snape, Dave Peacey and Stephen Hillier will accompany the boys on the fundraiser.

Alfie Evans, who is deep in training ahead of the July 18 start date, said they would also be followed in a minibus by Richard Garratt to make sure they have plenty of supplies and can last the distance.

“We will be cycling for three days,” he said. “On the final day, we will travel 60 miles to our final destination, the Arc De Triomphe in Paris and then staying overnight.

“Our main objective is to raise as much money as possible for Teenage Cancer Trust and the new site development at our school.”

They have already raised £1,500 with static cycle rides at school and run non-uniform days to bring in funds.

Head teacher Hayden Abbot said: “This is a brilliant initiative. The boys involved have worked very hard over the last few months in planning this event to raise money for such an important and worthwhile charity.

“They have organised assemblies and worked to raise awareness of their initiative.

“They have learnt a great deal so far, which has been an educational experience in itself, and we wish them good luck.”

The team will return to the UK via ferry the day after arriving in the French capital.

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