Not content with studying hard for their GCSEs, two of our amazing 5th Year students, Lara and Aimee are also managing to fit in training for an epic charity cycle this August.
The girls hope to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats over 16 days and cover an impressive 900 miles.
Lara tells us, “It’s an incredibly diverse ride, starting in the hills and small lanes of Cornwall, we’ll be navigating across Dartmoor, Wales, the streets of Manchester and Carlisle before crossing the Cairngorm Mountain range and the most remote areas of Scotland.”
Talking about their chosen charities, Lara continues, “It hadn’t initially occurred to us that we could raise money for charity, but we soon realised what an amazing platform we’d have to help others along our way. We have chosen two charities to raise money for that is personal to each of us.
The Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust allows young people going through cancer treatment to gain support and confidence through sailing. Young people remain vulnerable after treatment as it comes at a time of rapid physical, emotional and social development. That’s why for many, simply picking up where they left off before their diagnosis just isn’t possible.
Since I joined the school in the 1st Year, I’ve been a competitive sailor competing across the UK and the world. I know what an incredible sport it is, so to be helping others experience something that I love so much is really important to me.
Aimee started fencing at Truro Fencing Club when she was in Truro School Prep and now competes across the world in the GB team. Fencing has brought so many amazing opportunities for her, but for many, it is seen as inaccessible due to the high cost of competing, travel expenses, training, and kit.
This is where the Truro Fencing Club Gold Foundation comes in. They provide financial support to young fencers with world-class potential who would otherwise be unable to compete due to the cost. This charity does such amazing work for providing equal opportunities for everyone and breaking down stereotypes within the sport of fencing.”
We are immensely proud of these two young women and wish them every success as they combine their training with their studies.
The girls are hoping to raise £1500 for their two charities. If you would be able to support them, and to find out more, please visit Fundraiser for Ros Whitelegg by Aimee Whitelegg : LEJOG for charity (gofundme.com)