Aug 15 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A SCHOOLBOY has raised over £800 for charity after completing a 300-mile bike ride.
Joe Cotterill, 11, cycled from his home in Bickerstaffe to his grandad’s house in Dorset with dad Paul to raise money for WaterAid.
The Bickerstaffe Church of England pupil has completed coast to coast cycles before but this latest ride was the longest he had ever attempted.
Joe said: “The ride was really difficult at some points but we got there in the end.
“The first day we set out really early and I was half asleep for a good half hour but I eventually got into it and zoomed off.
“We travelled about 60 miles on the first day and the owner of the campsite where we stayed didn’t charge us and donated £10 to our appeal which was brilliant.”
Paul andJoe travelled on average 80 miles a day over four days through driving rain and extreme heat to get to their destination.
Joe said: “One day it just rained and rained and that was really depressing.
“We stopped off for a sausage roll though and that cheered me up.”
WaterAid is a charity close to Joe’s heart.
“After he read about the work they do, he was inspired to fundraise for them.
He initially wanted to do the bike ride solo but because of the busy roads his dad had to accompany him.
Joe has beaten his expectations by raising £800 and now wants to do more fundraising for other charities.
He said: “Now I want to ride ‘five countries in five days’ which involves going from England into Scotland then over to Northern Ireland on the ferry, through Ireland and then across to Anglesey in Wales and back to England.”
Joe’s donation page is: http://my.wateraidfundraising.org.