Deputy head's charity cycle

A deputy headteacher is marking the start of the school summer holidays with a solo charity cycle from the tip to the top of Great Britain.John Wilson, of Long Stratton High School, began the 932 mile pedal from Land's End to John o'Groats on Saturday to raise funds for research charity Kidneys For Life.

A deputy headteacher is marking the start of the school summer holidays with a solo charity cycle from the tip to the top of Great Britain.

John Wilson, of Long Stratton High School, began the 932 mile pedal from Land's End to John o'Groats on Saturday to raise funds for research charity Kidneys For Life.

The 49-year-old, who lives in Fleggburgh, near Great Yarmouth, decided to take on the challenge in support of his younger brother, David, who was diagnosed with kidney failure 20 years ago and received a second organ transplant at the Manchester Royal Infirmary earlier this year.

Mr Wilson, who has been deputy head at Long Stratton High for 10 years, said he had already surpassed his �1,000 fundraising target, thanks to the support of students and colleagues.


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The teacher will be cycling up to 100 miles a day unsupported and aims to arrive at the top of Scotland on August 3.

Mr Wilson, who has been training by cycling 600 miles a month for the last year, said he wanted to give something back to the renal unit at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, which helped his brother when his body almost rejected his new kidney.

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He said: 'The least I can do is get on a bike and help David and those like him. With the end of term I have not thought about it, but there is a degree of nervousness about it.'

'It will be a psychological challenge because I'll be on my own. It is a bit of a different holiday to lying on a beach in Greece!'

To follow Mr Wilson's progress and sponsor him, visit the school website at frog.lshs.org.uk.

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