Issued: July 12, 2016
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Cyclists complete 400km ride to raise money for school trip
Five members of staff at West Hatch High School have completed a 400km cycle ride to raise money for a school trip to Borneo.
Having experienced good weather throughout their journey from West Hatch in Somerset back to West Hatch in Chigwell, a torrential downpour welcomed them back as they were cheered in by Year 7 students and were met by Epping Forest District Council chairman Jeane Lea and Headteacher Frances Howarth.
Mrs Lea presented the cyclists with special commemorative badges to mark their efforts which are set to raise over Â£1,000 for a Camps International school trip to Borneo next year.
Head of House Steve Windsor, who came up with the idea of the â€˜West Hatch to West Hatchâ€™ bike ride - from the parish of West Hatch, just south of Taunton in Somerset, to the school - said: "We've made it! We've cycled 400kms from Taunton back through Somerset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertforshire and Essex, all the way back to West Hatch - an amazing three-and-a-half days, a great shared experience. It's been fantastic."
Reflecting on the highlights, he said: "Some really massive hills that you can't prepare for in Essex. Everybody got up and down them. Hitting 70kms on one of the descents was pretty cool."
Also taking part were Head of House Guy Blain, Assistant Headteacher Anthony Sinfield, specialist teacher Gay Shillaker and retired Assistant Headteacher John Cowen.
Thirty-three students, who each need to raise some Â£4,000, are set to take part in the Borneo adventure next summer.
All the youngsters are holding fundraising events with bucket collections, cake sales, car washes and bag packing among the initiatives already undertaken.
To sponsor the cyclists go to https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/westhatch-to-westhatch