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Grantham lad and pals tackle Great Wall cycling challenge

Embarking on a cycle ride are, from left Reuben Tong and Rory Koper. Friends Matt Scott and Lawrence Scott will be joining them but are not pictured.

Embarking on a cycle ride are, from left Reuben Tong and Rory Koper. Friends Matt Scott and Lawrence Scott will be joining them but are not pictured.

A teenager is preparing to cycle 350 miles over mountainous terrain in China to raise money for a charity that is dear to his heart.

Sixteen-year-old Rory Koper, of Grantham, lost his father to pancreatic canceer in 2009. Rory was just 11 at the time.

Since then he has worked tirelessly to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, his father’s chosen charity.

He has, to date, raised £3,000 for the charity, including £2,500 with an attempt at breaking the Guinness world record for the world’s largest pie-throwing fight in June, 2012, with 650 people taking part.

Now Rory, who is a student at King’s School in Grantham, is preparing to tackle his biggest challenge so far - cycling 350 miles in just seven days in the mountains of China.

For this latest challenge, he will be joined by three friends. They are Reuben Tong, 17, who also attends King’s, and brothers Matt Scott, 19, and Lawrence Scott, 24.

Their epic cycle journey will feature sections of the Great Wall of China.

They have been set a fundraising target of £15,500, of which they have so far raised £1,700.

They are now looking for help and support from local people and businesses to enable them to reach the target.

Rory said: “We have already organised a number of fundraising events, such as non-uniform days at school and bag packing at Morrisons, and are planning more in the coming months, including concerts.

“We would also like local businesses to sponsor us or support us in some way. If anyone can help with equipment for the challenge that would be great too.”

He added: “None of us are cyclists, so this is a real challenge for us. We are training in the gym and getting out on our bikes as often as we can and building up the mileage over the next few months.”

If you would like to sponsor Rory and his friends on their 350 mile cycle challenge, or could offer some equipment to help them, you can contact Rory on 07510090103.

To make a donation simply go to www.just.giving.com/chinacycle14. Alternatively you can make a donation by texting CYCL96 to 70070.

 

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