Year 7 Newton Abbot College student, Olivia Northcott, recently completed a marathon-long cycle ride to raise money for the College’s chosen charity for the academic year, Place2Be.
Completing an impressive 26 miles from Denbury to Chudleigh and back with her father, the eleven year old self-motivated cycling enthusiast spent over a month fundraising through her network of family and friends, raising an impressive £60 for the charity.
Students are encouraged throughout the year to take part in group fundraising activities, as well as personal individual challenges to help achieve the College’s yearly target of £10,000.
Despite suffering a puncture in the first mile of the challenge, Olivia successfully continued, completing the journey in just over two hours: “The hardest part of the challenge was the big hill in Chudleigh but I was really proud that I finished without stopping and with no help, apart from some directions from my Dad. It is really important to do any kind of fundraising; there are young people out there who need our help in their day-to-day lives and we have the ability to make a difference. I think everyone should have a go at fundraising; you don’t need to raise a lot, but you should try your best because anything you raise will help other people.”
Teacher of Physical Education and Olivia’s tutor, Mike Dicks, said of the achievement: “I am really proud of Olivia’s commitment and desire to raise money for Place2Be. It is always fantastic to see students organising events off their own backs and putting in the time and dedication to raise money for those less fortunate.”