Middleforth school staff cycling over 500 miles to raise funds for new playground

Posted on - 8th November, 2020 - 5:26pm | Author - | Posted in - Penwortham, Preston News, Schools, South Ribble News
Head Mrs Adams started the cycle challenge off last Monday

Staff at Middleforth C of E Primary School are taking on a cycling challenge to raise funds for a new playground.


The staff originally set out to cover the distance of Preston to Paris on a stationary bike at the school but, after completing the 522 miles, they decided to keep going.

They are aiming to raise £2,000 to develop the school’s outdoor areas, including resurfacing the reception playground and improving equipment for Year 1 and Year 2.

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Staff member Louise Ball said: “Our vision is to create a safe, fun and inspiring play area, enabling children to use their imaginations and enjoy outdoor learning as well as creative play.

“We reached Paris during Friday, but decided to keep going and head through France until we reach our target!”

Louise said the staff are enjoying the challenge and feeling proud.

Middleforth school staff doing the cycle challenge
Louise said the staff are feeling “really great and really proud of themselves”

“All of the staff have had a go, even those who are not keen cyclists like myself!

“We’re noting down the miles as a cumulative total, so it doesn’t matter whether you do one mile or ten – it’s a real team effort.

“We’ve had great support and feedback from the parents. The bike has been loaned by Penwortham Leisure Centre who were really helpful and supportive.

“We’re really grateful for everyone’s help in these tough times. Hopefully we will hit our target soon and we can get started on replacing the surface and play equipment.”

To donate to the cause, visit JustGiving.

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