WELL before the government announced an extra £250million to improve cycling facilities in the UK, young Darcie Clewlow was already on her bike.
The five-year-old, having learnt to ride without stabilisers during lockdown, decided to put her new found skill and freedom to good use by raising money for her local school, Mappleborough Green Primary.
“She realised she wouldn’t be able to see her friends, and hearing of families who were going through hard times in the lockdown, she decided to do what she could to help them through the school,” said mum Kim.
“We’d thought about the NHS but she isn’t real old enough to understand that, but helping her school friends, she could relate to.
“She asked me what she could do and I thought of the usual things like baking cakes but that didn’t fire her imagination so we decided on the bike challenge instead.”
That challenge involved Darcie cycling the distance of a marathon – 26.2 miles – on trips to and from her Winyates Green home.
Kim and her husband Andy set up a Just Giving page to raise some money and set the ambitious target of £250.
Starting last Monday super cyclist Darcie not only smashed the target, raising £843 with money still rolling in, but she completed her challenge in just five days.
“I went with her and we did a ride a day taking in the area around Winyates Green, once to the lake and she also delivered little presents to her friends,” said Kim.
“We’re really proud of her, she’s done really well.”
Darcie’s Just Giving page is still open – visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/darcie-clewlow