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North-east boy cycles 100 miles to raise money for children's charity

By Kyle Ritchie

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An eight-year-old boy has cycled 100 miles for charity after he was inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Bracoden Primary School pupil Fionnalgh MacDonald started raising money with his class to do something 100 times.

He chose the big challenge to cycle 100 miles in 10 weeks. As the class did not have long to collect sponsors Fionnlagh asked if he could keep raising money for his challenge outside of his class as he wanted to help as many children and families as he could.

He selected The Archie Foundation to raise money for.

Fionnalgh MacDonald raised £735 for The Archie Foundation by cycling 100 miles.
Fionnalgh MacDonald raised £735 for The Archie Foundation by cycling 100 miles.

His mum Laura Crockatt said: "I helped him set up a Just Giving page and with loads of support from friends and family he cycled to school and back roughly two miles a day for 10 weeks.

"He was delighted to finish just before the school holidays but was even more happy to have raised a massive amount of £735.

"The Archie Foundation was very grateful for his efforts and he received a certificate and goody bag."

The charity aims to make the difference in healthcare and bereavement for local children and their families.

It does this by working in partnership with the NHS and other child development and childcare professionals including those working in the education and social work sector.

It is known for its large scale capital fundraising appeals to help transform the clinical environment faced by children and families when they visit healthcare facilities in the regions its support.

It also provides support services for children and families that need its assistance.

Head of regional fundraising for The Archie Foundation Katie Kyle said: “We are absolutely blown away by Fionnlagh's determination to complete this challenge.

"He has managed to raise an incredible amount that will benefit many children that need our help and support – thank you.”

The late Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired a nation during the first lockdown last year when he walked 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire.

He initially set out to collect £1000 for NHS charities but his efforts saw him raise nearly £33 million.

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