Every year, 25 students from Year 11 set out on one challenge and that is to cycle from London to Paris in one weekend whilst raising money for The Children's Trust.
Gartree High School are once again embarking on an epic adventure to raise money for The Children’s Trust: For Children with Brain Injury after being inspired by the story of BMX’er Jamie McKechnie.
In 2011 Jamie was the victim of a ‘one punch’ assault on the streets of South London suffering a life changing traumatic brain injury. He spent a year in neuro-rehab starting the road to recovery which will continue for the rest of his life. Recently he celebrated being able to sit on and ride his beloved BMX bike.
Inspired by Jamie’s story and how ‘one punch’ can change someone’s life forever Ben Rackley, Deputy Headteacher at Gartree High School in Oadby, led an assembly sharing Jamie’s story with students. Ben said, “Jamie’s story impacted us all despite not knowing him. We decided to plan a charity cycle ride to Paris and raise money for The Children’s Trust.
“Students cycle in relays from London to Paris over the course of three days completing 10 mile segments as part of a team. Each student taking part is asked to raise a minimum of £250, although many last year far exceeded this figure and, of course, anyone wishing to support us from the wider community including our business community would be very welcome indeed.”