Charity ride has royal seal

A student from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, doing a 10k sponsored cycle ride for Scotty's Little Soldiers.
A student from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, doing a 10k sponsored cycle ride for Scotty's Little Soldiers.

Pedal power put Peele Community College students on course to raise about £1,500 for a charity helping the children of parents killed in action.

About 35 children from the Long Sutton school’s Newton House were joined by family, friends and staff for a sponsored bike ride round Sandringham Country Park, the Queen’s estate in Norfolk.

A student from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, cycles round Sandringham estate to raise money for Scotty's Little Soldiers.

A student from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, cycles round Sandringham estate to raise money for Scotty's Little Soldiers.

The bike ride was in aid of King’s Lynn-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers and founded by Nichola Scott whose husband, Lee, died in Afghanistan in 2009.

Theresa Earl, head of Newton House, said: “We’ve been fundraising all through the year and we decided to do a sponsored cycle event round the grounds of Sandringham estate.

“Once we got permission from the estate, we set up camp and had a massive picnic, a raffle and refreshments.

“In total, we cycled 367.5 miles (591km) between us and, including bits and pieces of fundraising we’ve done within the college, we hope to raise about £1,500 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Peele Community College students on a 10k cycle ride for children's charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.

Peele Community College students on a 10k cycle ride for children's charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.

“The day itself was fantastic and a lot of staff commented on how lovely it was to see the parents joining in the fun with us.”