Double cycle challange to save the community hub
12:00am 31st March 2012
Young Scouts and Leaders from 1st Heworth Scout Group York begin two cycling challenges this weekend to kick-start a fundraising campaign for their Scout Hut.
On Saturday, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers (aged between 6-18) finished a 1000 minute non-stop cycling challenge. The following day, their Leaders set off from Lands End to cycle over 1000 miles to John O'Groats. Not content with simply cycling from one end of the country to the other, the four cyclists have arranged for Scout Groups to join them along the way, including coming via York on Thursday 5th April.
The double cycle 1000 challenge has been organised by the parents and leaders of 1st Heworth to raise money for a new Scout Hut roof.
Neil Ballantyne the Group Scout Leader, explained why they've had to undertake this massive challenge.
"Our scout hut is used every night of the week by young people and local community groups. Unfortunately though the whole building is falling apart and urgently needs the foundations strengthening and a new roof adding. 1st Heworth will be 100 years old in a few years time but if we don't repair the hut now then this community hub may not survive that long".
Matthew Illman is the Scout Leader with 1st Heworth and is one of the cyclists undertaking this massive challenge.
"We're all amateur cyclists but we wanted to do something big to kick-start our fundraising year. The kids are all set to cycle all night as part of their challenge - let's just hope we can do just as well!"
The Leaders hope to cover their 1000 miles in just 11 days but there'll be no comfy B&Bs as the boys will be staying with fellow Scouters in their huts along the way.
"We've been overwhelmed by the support from the Scouting community and we're delighted to have so many young scouts getting on their bikes to join us in this nationwide effort. It will undoubtedly be a great boost to us when things get tough!"
All being well the cyclists hope to complete their challenge on Wednesday 11th April in John O-Groats.
You can follow their progress or donate to their cause by clicking here or on Twitter @1stHeworth.
Anyone who wants more information on the cycle ride or becoming a member of 1st Heworth Scouts can contact Helen Green on 07849 335975.
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