South Witham girl Eloise tackles the coast to coast with her autistic cousin in mind

Elouise Mitchell with Julie Yates (right) at South Witham Playgroup. 660C
Elouise Mitchell with Julie Yates (right) at South Witham Playgroup. 660C

A TEENAGER managed to raise £850 on a coast to coast bicycle trip in order to support two charities close to her heart.

Eloise Mitchell, 14, of South Witham, was offered the opportunity to cycle from Whitehaven to Whitley Bay through her school, The Charles Read Academy, in March.

Eloise Mitchell with Jamie Mitchell, at Ambergate school. 661C

Eloise Mitchell with Jamie Mitchell, at Ambergate school. 661C

After applying and being interviewed, Eloise and just nine others were accepted. Eloise took the chance to raise funds for Ambergate Sports College and the play group in South Witham, which have both helped to support her cousin, Jamie Mitchell, who suffers from autism.

Last week, Eloise was able to present each with a cheque for £425 after collecting from family, friends and two shops in South Witham, as well as from the parents of both the play group and school.

She said: “I decided to raise money for Ambergate and South Witham Playgroup as they have supported Jamie through difficult times.”

The trip began in Whitehaven on June 21 and finished in Whitely Bay on June 24. Unfortunately, Eloise was unable to complete the final leg between Consett and Whitely Bay as she suffered an injury. She said: “I am pleased that everyone still sponsored me and I am grateful for their support.”

Despite her fantastic work for a good cause, mum Marie and dad Andy said: “Eloise is very modest about what she has achieved and has had to be persuaded to let everyone know.”