Scouting trio from 124th Nottingham on target to raise £600 for local charities - August 2009
Three Nottingham Explorer Scouts returned home on 22 August from a five day cycle challenge which started at St Bees Head in Cumbria and finished 230 miles across the country at Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.
Planning for the fundraising trip started around a year ago said Chris Ruddock, 16 from Bramcote, who had the idea. "We were trying to think of something we could do to challenge ourselves and do some good for other people too. We knew we wanted to cycle and then I thought of a coast to coast challenge," he continued. "After speaking to our families and Scout Leaders we managed to plan a route".
The shortest route to do the coast to coast would have been around 160 miles, but this would have been 'too boring' said Chris, "we wanted to really push ourselves and we wanted to see some of the spectacular views of the coast, lake district and the North Yorkshire moors. The route we chose in the end combined all the places we wanted to see with some challenging climbs and some fun downhills!"
Speaking of the challenge, Nathan Heinke, 17 from Wollaton said, "It really has been the trip of a life time! Being able to do something so enjoyable and help other people has been great. The three of us got on really well, working as a team really did help us to complete the challenge, whether it was telling jokes, helping to carry equipment or sharing food, it all kept us going!"
County Commissioner Kathryn Wills said "What James, Nathan and Chris have done is truly amazing. They have gone out of their way to help other people, they have been inspired by Scouting and now are inspiring others," but this isn't uncommon she continued, "Scouting in Nottinghamshire raises thousands of pounds for charities each year. We've had people sleeping in cardboard boxes to raise money for homeless charity Shelter, Climbed the height of Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief and bag-packed to raise money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the QMC".