Throughout last week arts students and staff from Grantham College cycled away their free time in aid of Cancer Research UK.
17-year-old Jade Stenton decided she wanted to raise money for the charity after seeing her grandad battle and beat cancer.
The student who lives on Sharpe Road in Grantham said: “People and families struggling should get the best support they can. The money we raise will help more and more people survive cancer with the treatment they need.”
After discussing different ways of fundraising with her tutor Simon Morris, who lost his father-in-law to cancer last year, they came up with the idea of cycling the 21 miles it takes to cross the English Channel using the exercise bikes in the college’s gym.
To add a competitive spirit to the fundraising it was a student versus staff race, with a trophy for whoever could reach the distance the quickest.
All week Jade along with a team of fellow arts students Patrycja Nowaka, Anthony Matthews and Joseph Mitchell took it in turns to see how far they could cycle compared to their art and design tutors Simon Morris and Anne-Marie Kerr.
However as Simon revealed: “The students have actually done a lot more than the 21 miles, in fact more than enough to cross the Channel and come back again.”
In total the students peddled nearly 60 miles over the course of five hours and 25 minutes, while the staff also surpassed the intended distance by clocking up 33 miles in just an hour and a half.
Moreover on her own Jade cycled enough to cross the Channel, achieving 23 miles in two and a half hours.
As the miles have gone up so has the money, with family, friends and colleagues sponsoring the cyclists who have raised an estimated £300 so far for Cancer Research UK.
“It’s such an important cause because cancer is something that touches almost everyone in some way or another,” said Anne-Marie, whose mother recovered from breast cancer.
The staff and students want to continue raising money for the charity with other challenges in the future, including an idea to demonstrate their artistic talents in a draw-a-thon having already proved their sporting prowess.