Our next generation of inspirational fundraisers are doing Demelza proud. This week we meet 12-year-old Vernon who, accompanied by dad Matthew, cycled over a mammoth 120 miles, completing the Viking Trail four times over four weekends – raising over £1,500 for Demelza.
Matthew shares: “Whilst the route choice was more of a joint decision, I was very impressed that Vernon set the target of doing four circuits; this really helped to raise more money and his determination and resilience were seriously impressive. The celebrations were partly en route at the seafood stall in Margate and then at the end with the largest ice cream sundae we could find in Broadstairs – he deserved it!”
Vernon was accompanied by dad Matthew throughout the challenge and whilst this was Vernon’s first charity bike ride, Matthew already had a few under his belt – and has big plans for 2022, with Vernon supporting him along the way: “I am beaming with pride to see him do such an amazing charity bike ride, with a really long route!”
Matthew's 2022 cycling challenges
That’s an impressive 864 miles and an elevation of approximately 43,000ft over the four events – and to highlight the magnitude of this remarkable challenge Matthew has set himself, we would like to note that in comparison, Mount Everest reaches an elevation of just 29,032ft!
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