Young cyclists set off on Richmond to Richmond charity challenge

Andrew and James Lunn.

Two young cyclists have set off a 275-mile charity challenge to ride home to Richmond from Richmond in Surrey.

Andrew Lunn, 11, and James Lunn, 13, have already raised more than  £2,500 and hope to hit £5,000 by the time they complete the journey.

Andrew, from Trinity Academy Richmond, and his brother James, from Richmond School, are planning to complete the ride in five days.

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The money will go to The Northern Echo’s Backing the Butterwick campaign.

The boys were mobilised after reading about the plight of the Butterwick Hospice which fell victim to fraud by the organisation’s former chief executive.

Donations to the hospice, which comforts and cares for terminally ill adults and children at bases in Stockton and Bishop Auckland, dropped by around £100,000 following the arrest of Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, who was sentenced to four years for fraud in June.

During the ride home, they will be joined by Marcus Weston, also from Richmond School, who has cardio facio cutaneous syndrome and rides an adapted tricycle.

He aims to ride 30 miles spread over the month of August.

From left, Andrew Lunn, Marcus Weston and James Lunn.
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