Gartree High School embarked on an epic adventure to raise money for The Children’s Trust (for Children with brain injury) after being inspired by the story of BMXer 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 for the first time since the assault.
Inspired by Jamie’s story and how ‘one punch’ can change someone’s life forever, Ben Rackley (Deputy Headteacher) led an assembly sharing Jamie’s story with students. Ben said, “Jamie’s story impacted us all, despite us not knowing him personally. We decided to plan a charity cycle ride to Paris in order to raise money for The Children’s Trust.”
“Students will cycle in relays from London to Paris over the course of three days, completing 10 mile segments as part of a team. We hope that each student taking part is able to raise a minimum of £250 and, of course, anyone wishing to support us from the wider community (including our business community) would be very welcome indeed.”
The ride began on the 22nd September 2018, with students returning to Leicester on the 24th September. Added Ben, “It’s my hope that taking part in this challenge and positively impacting children with brain injuries will help our students, as well as other children and young people, think twice before acting in haste or in violence. Jamie’s story demonstrates how quickly a person’s life can be turned upside down, not to mention the lives of his family and friends. Jamie’s love of BMXing, together with his story, has inspired us to undertake this touch cycling challenge – and I couldn’t be more proud of the students who have already signed-up to take part.”
For more information on The Children’s Trust and the work they do please visit: https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/
To support and sponsor us for our London to Paris cycle ride visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gartreehighschool
To find out more about this challenge, please contact Ben Rackley via email – firstname.lastname@example.org