Five bikes, 50 ladies, 2,000 miles

The Ladies of St Greg’s Primary School in Marnhull are soon to undertake a mammoth challenge: spin bike 2000 miles in 24 hours. For books!

The ‘Ladies of St Greg’s’ hail from all corners of the community; Headteacher Mrs Field, Year 6 pupils, teachers, governors, our local Reverend, doctor, nurses… but they are united in one endeavour; to raise £3,000 for a series of high quality, inspiring and aspirational texts to engage the children.

In times gone by it would have been inconceivable that a school should need to fundraise for books – but that is the reality all schools now face.

With usual fundraiser events largely curbed during the pandemic, the Ladies have set their aim on this one big fundraising endeavour. The 2000- mile ‘journey’ will take the Ladies from St Greg’s to London, then on to Paris-Prague-Vienna-Venice before finishing in the eternal city, Rome.

They will spin from 14:30 on the 20th of January and aim to complete the journey by the same time on the 21st of January. Along the way the children will learn of the famous cities they travel through, and Cookie and Cream (the school Guinea Pigs) will enjoy different backdrops representing each city; this truly is a journey for the whole school. Special thanks go to Simon Hoare MP who attended the launch, channelling his inner Brucie with a game of higher or lower that the children loved. He went on to say “I’ve never been lonely with a book; every culture, story, myth & country can be found there”. Also thanks to sponsor Robert Frith Optometrists. James Risley said “Frith are privileged to be able to help this initiative – I have the utmost respect for the ladies taking part!”

The Ladies of St Greg’s would appreciate any support readers may feel they can offer: https:// stgregorymarnhull.dorset.sch. uk/bike4books/

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