Cyclists help teen towards £3k target

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Cyclists swapped the chocolate eggs for a windy ride on Easter Sunday to help a teenage fundraiser meet his £3,000 target for Childreach.

Tom McNamara, 19, of Abbey Mews, Pontefract, enlisted the help of friends and family to complete the ride from the Railway Inn, Pontefract, to Whitley Bridge and back - despite resistance from Storm Katie.

The younger members of the group completed a five-mile cycle.

Mr McNamara, a former Castleford Air Cadet Flight Sergeant, is planning to take part in a charity expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa in August.

He collected £600 through the sponsored bike ride, but needs to raise £3,000 before he can make the trip.

The money raised will go toward Childreach, which supports disadvantaged and abused children across the world and helps find practical solutions to their problems.

Mr McNamara, a first year mechanical and medical engineering student at the University of Hull, is now hoping a business will step forward and sponsor him.

He said: “In return, I will happily participate in any marketing material the company wishes.

“I have chosen Childreach because more than half of young children worldwide, including in the UK, are subjected to physical abuse – by the adults who are supposed to be caring for them.

“Childreach is making a difference and with the help of a local business I can do so too.”

Mr McNamara, of Abbey Mews, Pontefract, will be in Africa for 16-days.

The six-day climb will take him through mountain forests, alpine desert, and to the snow-capped summit 5,895 metres above ground.

He will also be visiting a local school in Tanzania to see how the money he is raising will be put to good use.

His next fundraising event will be the Leeds 10k in July.

For more information, visit www.childreach.org.uk or go to mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/tmcnamara1 to donate to Mr McNamara.