Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Teenage raises £2,700 for appeal with French cycle ride

A TEENAGER from Goring has raised £2,714 for a cancer charity by taking part in a sponsored bike ride.

A TEENAGER from Goring has raised £2,714 for a cancer charity by taking part in a sponsored bike ride.

Hugh McMurtrie, 15, cycled more than 200 miles along the western coast of France from St Malo to the Ile de Re.

He was raising money for Robbie the Robot, a prostate cancer appeal run by the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

The campaign funds the upkeep of its Da Vinci robot, which allows patients to undergo prostate surgery without heavy scarring or blood loss.

Hugh, who lives in High Street with his mother Virginia and sister Anna, 18, attends the independent Oratory School in Woodcote as a day pupil.

He is a keen cyclist and regularly rides up to 50 miles in his spare time.

He decided to embark on the challenge because one of his classmates rode the same route for fun last year. However, he wanted to raise money for a good cause and chose Robbie the Robot, which his school supports.

Hugh completed the route in four days alongside family friends Will and Alastair Dick-Cleland, from Reading.

His father Simon followed them in a support car loaded with food, drink, spare tyres and a spare bicycle. The team stayed in hotels overnight.

Donations came from family and friends as well as work colleagues of his father, who is chief executive of wine merchants Direct Wines.

Hugh said: “It was a really good ride. Everything went well and we had no problems. The other two had to do a bit of training in the run-up but luckily I didn’t need to as I do so much cycling in my spare time. I will be doing something similar next year, though I haven’t yet decided what.”

The school has raised £10,000 for the appeal so far this year.

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