The Story So Far …
The 5,000 mile Challenge – Launch date was February 24th 2020
St Andrew’s CE Primary School – Reaching Out to the Community….
Our Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds Crusade:
The challenge was increased to 5,000 miles
Charities:- Teenage Cancer Trust, Cancer Research, MIND, Dove House Hospice, British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, Water Aid.
Hospitals:- Hull Royal Infirmary (Children’s Wards/Units), Castle Hill Teenage Cancer Unit as well as Sunshine House.
Caring for Children’s Health:
Love Your Body
Love Your Mind
Our headteacher embarked on a 1,250 mile bike challenge (now 5,000 miles) to raise awareness of the increasing concerns over children’s health in today’s society……Children’s health is increasingly at risk: National data show … high rates of child obesity … high rates of poor oral health … high rates of diabetes, cancers, heart conditions….anxiety and mental health concerns.
Exercise /keep fit levels consistently dropping, poor diet … child anxiety, depression, mental health problems at an all time high.
Before lockdown, he was joined on part of his journey by pupils (and parents/relatives) of St Andrew’s who cycled 10 mile stretches.
His initial journey (46 consecutive days) covered the period of Lent and involved him travelling north, south, east and west across Hull and the East Riding as well as across the river to Barton, visiting hospitals (Children’s Wards/Units), Sunshine House Children’s Centre, charities, churches, leisure centres, other sports organisations and schools.
As well as south to Barton, his travels included west to North Cave, north to Beverley and east to Withernsea and Hornsea … and all points in between across the City of Hull. Each day, the journey ranged between 17- 65 miles.
At each destination he handed over a ‘Gift of Love’ from the family of St Andrew’s as well as a ‘Letter of Friendship’ from our pupils. Every school in Hull has now been visited – often from as early as 3.30am in order for him to then to cycle to his own school to continue his daily duties.