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By Edward Payne on 17.6.2023

UKC Students Start Charity Bike Ride

Three University of Kent students are part of a group of five who set off on Saturday on a charity bicycle ride from John O’Groats to Land End. They are raising money for the Lionsraw charity, and specifically the Raw Foundation, which organises for football fans to help with projects in poor areas of the globe. Jamie Harris, James Southward and James Reeve are the three UKC students taking part and they are joined by Josh Bounds (Nottingham Trent University) and Dan Griffiths (University of Gloucestershire).

Jamie and Josh took part in one of Lionsraw’s “Legacy Tours” in Durban, South Africa last year during the World Cup. About 150 England fans helped with various building projects and the setting up of seven soccer schools for AIDS-affected children. Now they have set themselves a new challenge.

The journey adds up to a total of about 1,000 miles worth of cycling. The students hope to average 75-80 miles per day. Looking forward to the challenge, Jamie said: “We are all feeling nervous and a little under-prepared physically, but at the end of the day it is for a fantastic cause, and we are all going to push forward and get to the finish line.” Ahead of the ride, he appealed for support: We are asking anyone to spare what they can, even if it is just the price of a pint – instead of drinking six on a night out, have five, and donate the rest.”

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