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Bourton teens cycle non-stop for charity
A GROUP of friends from Bourton have cycled non-stop as part of a 24 hour relay for charity.
Andy Dartnell, aged 18, Rhys Powell, 19, and Mitch Wilson,18, peddled through countryside including Bibury, Burford and the Slaughters to raise money for international children’s charity World Vision.
Mr Wilson, who goes to the Cotswold School, took on the challenge after he decided he wanted to help a charity during his summer holidays.
“We’re always off cycling together and I thought it would be a nice idea to turn our hobby in to something that could make a real difference,” he said.
“My grandparents have sponsored children with World Vision for years, and I wanted to make sure I was working hard for a cause which is close to my family’s heart.”
The challenge proved even harder than expected after one of their riders dropped out at the last minute due to illness so the remaining three had to take extra shifts.
They each ended up riding for eight hours.
“The toughest part for me was my final ride because I was so tired – I only got about three hours sleep in total,” said Mr Wilson.
“And the best moment was when I knew we’d all finished because it was such a huge achievement.” To sponsor the team, which so far has raised £900, visit justgiving.com/Mitch-Wilson2
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