Sunday, 19 November 2017

Dad cycles 82 miles in aid of music room

A MAN raised £2,600 towards a new music room at Valley Road Primary School in Henley by cycling back to the town from Brighton.

A MAN raised £2,600 towards a new music room at Valley Road Primary School in Henley by cycling back to the town from Brighton.

Steve Holland, whose six-year-old son Thomas attends the school, completed the 82-mile journey in about eight hours, including a two-hour lunch break.

He set off from Brighton Pier and cycled to the top of Ditchling Beacon, about seven miles north of the city, before winding his way through Sussex to the Surrey Hills.

Mr Holland, 47, who lives in Auton Place, Henley, with his wife Louise, followed part of the steep eight-mile circuit on Box Hill that served as the Olympic cycling route in 2012.

He stopped in Shere for lunch with his wife and son, then headed north to Windsor and along the Thames to Henley, where a small group of supporters gave him a pint of beer and a chocolate trophy.

Mr Holland is a member of the music room’s fund-raising committee, which is now only £3,000 short of its £30,000 target.

The facility, which will be known as “the Happy Valley Room”, will be used for one-to-one lessons which currently take place in the school’s hallways or staff room.

About £2,000 of Mr Holland’s proceeds came from his employer Keytree, of London, and the rest from friends and fellow parents.

He said: “I quite like cycling, so I thought I would push myself to do something. I have relatives in Worthing so I was able to combine the ride with a visit to them.

“It wasn’t too bad, although it was fairly challenging. My legs were aching the next day but I didn’t feel totally exhausted.”

To make a donation, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ bri2hot4vrs



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