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Fundraising 12-year-old and mum to cycle 600 miles from Spain to France

Fundraising 12-year-old and mum to cycle 600 miles from Spain to France

Tara O'Connor

Fundraising 12-year-old and mum to cycle 600 miles from Spain to France

A mother and son team will cycle across the Pyrenees to raise money to support vulnerable children.

Shaw Alban Jegede, 12, has decided to take on the challenge to raise money for the Royal National Children’s Foundation (RNCF).

The charity helps fund boarding school and independent preparatory school education for vulnerable children.

It helps young people whose normal development is compromised or threatened by adverse home, school or family circumstances.

Shaw lives with his mum, Kirstine Jegede, in Ferry Lane, Wraysbury, and goes to Sunningdale School - a boys’ boarding school.

The two of them will complete the 600-mile ride from Santander in Spain to Montpellier in France, and plan on covering around 80 miles a day.

Kirstine said Shaw has had ‘a tough time’ but wanted to use his experiences to do something positive.

She said: “He wanted to think of children who had been through harder times than he has.

“He’s got a great school and a really supportive family.”

The pair have been training hard for the gruelling challenge with long runs and cycle rides.

Shaw has been cycling since he was young and completed the Hampshire to Hove bike ride when he was just six.

He said: “Every day my mum and I go for a run or a cycle ride.

“It is the longest bike ride I’ve ever done and I think it will be hard to do it.”

Shaw said he wants to help other children have the positive experience he has had at Sunningdale School, where he learnt about the charity.

“I think it will be nice for children, it will give them the experience so they can support their lives,” he added.

The youngster will turn 13 while on the trip and hopes to raise £5,000.

He said: “I’ve been going round to my neighbours and to shops. I think I have enough to start with but I want to raise more.”

Kirstine said if they do not raise the full amount she is sure they will do more fundraising challenges.

Visit to sponsor Shaw.

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