Dillon and Harry cycled a marathon to help young people in poverty

Both boys, from Manchester Grammar school, decided they wanted to help other young people like them in the city they live in and raise money for a homeless charity. The idea for a marathon cycle was at the top of their lists, and with the prospect of raising £300, they completed the cycle on the 1st June.

“Raising this money is important because it will help children in our city who are less fortunate than us.  And hopefully it will make a difference to their lives.”


Pledge visited the school in June to meet both Dillon and Harry, and also receive the cheque at a presentation event, where the entire class also talked about the other activities they have been taking part in for charity.


Dillon and Harry

Dillon & Harry were completing their Hugh Oldham Gold Award and chose to “Cycle a Marathon” to raise money for children affected by homelessness in our home city of Manchester. Originally, they were going to host a cake sale but then decided a 26-mile bike ride would be more of a challenge.

The boys cycled from Dunham into Manchester city centre, and back, with their Dads. They found it pretty gruelling, as they had never cycled anywhere near this far before! Their original target was £300, but they soon exceeded this, so raised it to £1000. However, by the end of the bike ride, they had raised an incredible £2000!

We were all blown away by the generosity of family and friends who all donated!

Together, the boys showed resilience, teamwork, ambition and kindness and have done something that they should be really proud of. Hopefully, this will inspire other Junior School boys to take on similar challenges for charity in the future too!

Dillon’s Mum

We’re hugely thankful for Dillon and Harry’s tremendous hard work and commitment to cycling a marathon, and we hope that other young people across Greater Manchester and in their school are inspired to help the local community, especially those who are homeless or living in poverty.

The money raised will be used for our Fresh Start fund, and you can follow updates on our blog in the coming weeks.

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