Kidderminster student and passionate air cadet, 14 year old Alex Brown is doing something a little different during his summer holidays by taking on the epic challenge of cycling from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.
A student at Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre, Alex has raised almost a thousand pounds to date in donations through his fundraising page and from sponsorship from family, his school friends and his parents work colleagues.
Accompanied by his dad Ashley for safety and navigation, Alex chose this exceptional challenge in order to gain the most attention, impact and hopefully raise lots of money for his air squadron.
Said Alex: “To start with I was nervous because it was such a long way, but now I’ve started its quite exciting, but very tiring. It has literally been ups and downs in Cornwall with some huge hills! The downside is being away from home and trying to get Garmins and phones charged which are needed for communication and maps.
“The weather was so hot for the first five days and we had to keep stopping to fill water bottles but now its rain and storms.”
Raising money for the 451 Squadron’s minibus appeal the idea was formulated last September, with the new minibus enabling all cadets to take part in adventure and training activities offered by the Air Training Cadets.
Alex’s mum Deborah added: “Alex didn’t have a fundraising target but just wanted to raise as much money as possible in support of his squadron, and in the process has become an internet hit with Carol Vorderman tweeting messages of support and will interview him for her Saturday morning show on BBC tomorrow, as well as Big Phil Campion also sending him personal twitter messages!”
Schoolboy Alex will finish his personal cycling challenge, if all goes to plan, on Thursday 8th August.