Boys go the extra mile for hospice

PEDAL POWER: Charlie Chalmers, left, and Jacob Williams are in the seat to help St Richard’s Hospice.

PEDAL POWER: Charlie Chalmers, left, and Jacob Williams are in the seat to help St Richard’s Hospice.

First published in News Worcester News: Sarah Hickinbotham by

TWO intrepid schoolboys will be going the extra mile to raise cash for a good cause.

Jacob Williams, aged 13, of Fernhill Heath, and Charlie Chalmers, 12, of Droitwich, will cycle more than 100 miles this weekend in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

The pair, together with their proud dads Nathan Williams and Mark Chal-mers, were due to set off from Worcester at 9am today and pedal through Tibb-erton, Redditch, Henley-in-Arden and Warwick, stopping overnight in Stratford.

Tomorrow, they ride back to Worcester via Honey-bourne, Evesham, Tewkes-bury, and Upton-upon-Severn, arriving home in the evening. As an extra element, the team will be having their pictures taken at famous landmarks they pass along the way.

The boys, who both attend RGS Worcester, were in-spired to take on the challenge as part of a school project to raise funds for St Richard’s.

Nathan Williams, Jacob’s dad, said: “They wanted to do something a bit more challenging because it’s such a worthwhile cause.

“It will be about 120 miles in all. The boys enjoy cycling but they don’t do it as a hobby so we’re looking forward to them achieving something that takes them out of their comfort zone.

“Jacob understands what St Richard’s does and wanted to do something above and beyond what he would normally do.”

The boys hope to raise about £1,000 for St Richard’s and have already achieved almost £800 of their target.

They can be sponsored via their Justgiving pages and justgiving .com/mark-chalmers1.

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