Seven-Year-Old Wedmore Student Takes on Incredible Lockdown Challenge

By Sam Kail-Dyke – The Wessex Learning Trust

For many of us, lockdown has provided the excuse we needed to spend a little more time being active … whether that’s doing PE with Joe Wicks, the ‘Couch to 5K’ challenge, or simply dusting off the trainers and going for a walk. For one extraordinary student at Wedmore First School however, none of these challenges was quite enough!

Audrey – a seven-year-old student at Wedmore – has always been keen on cycling, and often spends weekends exploring the local area on her bike with her parents. Now however, with our schools closed for summer, she has decided to set herself the monumental task of riding 100 miles over two days to visit her grandparents in Hereford, and to raise money to support the fight against climate change.

Audrey getting ready for one of her rides!

Audrey’s initiative was sparked when she bought a copy of
Greta Thunberg’s book of speeches and was inspired by her fight to save the
planet from the threat of climate change to do something to help. The
combination of this, and the extra time to train through lockdown has led to
her challenge coming to fruition, with the big ride set for the 14th
and 15th of August.

To date, Audrey has raised more than £1000 for the WWF;
money which will go a huge way to protecting the endangered species and
habitats which have been hit hardest by the climate emergency we currently face.

Her ride will see her go the length of the Strawberry Line, across the Severn Bridge and over to Chepstow for an overnight stay; followed the next day by a hilly ascent to Hereford. We are very proud of Audrey at the Trust for using her time and energy to do something so incredible, and wish her all the best with her ride. It definitely puts our lockdown fitness challenges to shame!

Enjoying a well earned post ride snack

Chief Executive of the Trust, Mr. Gavin Ball, commented:

“Congratulations to Audrey for such an exceptional feat and for helping support such an incredibly important cause. Your determination at such a young age bodes great things for your future”

Mr. Gavin Ball – Chief Executive

If you would like to support Audrey’s fundraising, you can donate via her ‘GoFundMe’ page here

Audrey out on a training ride