Charity ride puts school in spin

Head in a spin ' the resistance is stepped up for headmaster Nicholas Hammond as Isabelle Hall pops in her pound
Head in a spin ' the resistance is stepped up for headmaster Nicholas Hammond as Isabelle Hall pops in her pound

BIG-hearted youngsters and teachers at Wisbech Grammar School got on their bike last Friday to raise more than £500 for Children in Need.

Headmaster Nicholas Hammond and 20 teachers joined hard-pedalling pupils for a slot on a stationary spinning bicycle to raise £546 with their sponsored cycle and ‘guess the mileage’ charity ride.

The resistance on the wheels was stepped up as spectators paid their £1 and the participants, who were trying to emulate ‘One Show’ presenter Matt Baker’s rickshaw ride from Edinburgh Castle to the Television Centre in London, completed roughly 200 miles on the stage of the school’s dining hall.

The total was swelled by a home-made cake stall organized by charities coordinator Miss Jan Wildman. The tasty cakes, which were decorated with Smarties, raised a further £107.

German teacher Miss Emily Wagstaffe, who organized the ride with physical education teacher Miss Joanne Gomm, said: “I have been blown away by the children’s generosity for a fantastic cause.”