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11th November 2015 - 13th November 2015 Happening in South and West

Champions of Change cycling from London to Plymouth

Marine Academy Plymouth is getting behind Champions of Change this year and have been totally inspired by Matt Baker’s Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need. In previous years, the Academy has held a summer fete, featuring cake sales, ‘throw the wet sponges’ at teachers and a big band, amongst other activities, to raise funds. This year, ten sixth form pupils and a couple of teachers will be cycling 270 miles from London to Plymouth.

The challenge was devised by Science Teacher, David Whitworth, himself a keen cyclist. He wanted to not only help to fundraise for the charity, but embrace the concept of skills and personal development promoted by Champions of Change. Over two and a half days, starting at dawn on Wednesday 11 November, the team of intrepid cyclists will cover 270 miles (the students in relay, the teachers the whole journey), travelling from Westminster Bridge in London to Bath; Day 2 will be onwards to Okehampton; Day 3, Friday 13 November, will see the cyclists arriving at lunchtime to be greeted by the whole school in the midst of its fundraising fete.

David Whitworth said “We’re really looking forward to getting behind BBC Children in Need this year and putting our Champions of Change resources to good use. Our pupils are really excited about the opportunity to ‘own’ the fundraising activities. This year we’ve taken on board the idea of developing our skills as well as fundraising and I’m keen to instil a spirit of adventure and a sense of achievement amongst our students.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the impact this challenge will have on our pupil’s personal development and understanding of BBC Children in Need and the positive impact that every pound they raise will have on those less fortunate than themselves. Lloyds Bank’s support of Champions of Change will help us to raise even more money this year.”


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