Charity Cycle Effort


S6 pupil Nicholas recently returned from Malawi where he raised £1,131 by cycling for the charity, 500 Miles.

Travelling 252 miles by bike between September 15th-24th, Nicholas took on the challenge in Malawi for 7 days, raising money for the Scottish charity who make prosthetics and orthotics for Malawians who require them.

On the trip, he said: “I joined a team of 18 people, we cycled from Mzuzu to Lilongwe, the length of Lake Malawi (roughly 252 miles) for 500 Miles.

“Olivia Giles, the founder of the charity, is a former pupil of Hutchie. In 2002 Olivia contracted meningococcal septicaemia and underwent amputations of her hands and feet. She decided to help people who do not have access to a service such as the NHS and who would otherwise not become mobile and be able to live a full life.

“Malawi is a very poor and economically underdeveloped country and it was a wonderful opportunity to see how people there live and to help such a good cause.”

Before returning home, Nicholas kindly gave his bike to technician Dominic who helped to build the prosthetics and orthotics.

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