A YOUNG lad from Louth has recently taken part in a charity bike ride challenge going from John O’Groats to Lands End raising money for Rej’s Dream.
Thomas Simpson, 14, who attends Monks’ Dyke Technology College and rides for VC Lincoln cycling club, took on the cycle challenge with stepdad Owen Koslow.
Thomas went to school with Rhianna Jeffrey and they had known each other since nursery school.
When Tom heard about Rej’s Dream he thought doing this bike ride would be a great way to raise money.
He said: “I wanted to raise money for Rej’s Dream as it’s such a worthwhile cause.”
Rej’s Dream was set up to help the families of people like Rhianna, who died after a long battle against aplasmic anaemia and polyarteris.
The pair gave themselves two weeks in which to complete the 960 mile challenge.
Unfortunately at the halfway point of the journey Tom suffered a bad knee injury and was unable to continue, but his step dad completed the cycle ride in honour of Tom and Rhianna.
It took Owen only nine days to complete the challenge.
Even though Tom only made it halfway he is determined to give it another shot soon.
He continued to say: “The challenge was a great experience for me. I was disappointed that I couldn’t cycle the whole way, but it’s something to learn from. I’m aiming to go back to give it another go when I’m older. I’d love to be able to say I completed it.”
Sponsorship money is still being collected from the cycle ride. They plan to present a cheque to the treasurer of Rej’s Dream as soon as possible.
Tom’s mum Debbie said: “I’m so proud of Tom for managing as much as he did.
“It was a shame he couldn’t make it all the way, but he was sensible not to push himself so he didn’t cause any lasting damage.”