An enthusiastic and motivated student from Life Skills is organising his own fundraiser – a team cycle challenge. The event, ‘Maniacs on Wheels’ will include at least 12 staff and students and will be held from 19-23 July.
The team’s ambitious cycling target is 2000 miles, close to the length of the Tour de France.
The Life Skills student who organised this event is currently on a work experience placement with our fundraising team, and we sat down with him to see what inspired him, and what he has learnt during his placement.
What made you want to organise this fundraiser?
I wanted to do this because I wanted to try something new, something different. And the reason is because some of the students at Life Skills don’t know how to ride a bike, or how to do it safely. The bikeability training is for them to learn how to ride a bike, and how to be safe on the roads and pavements. And the biking will help get them into a much calmer mood or headspace.
How did you decide on your target of cycling 2000 miles?
It’s hard to say why 2000 miles specifically, the reason I picked it is because I really want to push myself and test my limits. I just want to be able to see what I can do, what all of us can do to push ourselves.
Are you a fan of cycling?
Yes I am, I do cycle a lot. I cycle sometimes in the summer, I do a lot of stuff to do with bikes. Not maintenance, that’s not me! But I do cycle a lot, and during holidays, cycling is just brilliant, I love it.
Can you tell me what sort of things you have been doing with fundraising for your work experience?
I have been making a poster in Canva advertising Maniacs on Wheels, saying what’s happening, when it’s happening, why I am doing it and who will be joining me. The reason I have done that is because I want to advertise it, and I want everyone to know what’s going to happen. I have also learnt a lot here about advertising, and describing what sort of things are going to be happening. I really wanted to do it, to test myself.
So if you meet your target, what will you be spending the money on?
I will be spending the money on the students who need the bikeability course, some new bikes for life skills, and for the playground, so everyone can go out onto the field on their bikes!
If you would like to help raise money for the Maniacs on Wheels challenge, please donate on their just giving page: