11 year-old to cycle 100 miles for charity

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An eleven year-old boy will take on a gruelling challenge on Saturday as he aims to cycle 100 miles in just one day.

Anthony Hay from Fordoun, will start off at his Granny Pam and Grandad Allan’s house at Crook of Devon, near Kinross. He’ll cross the Tay bridge and travel through Dundee before cycling through Arbroath, Montrose and everywhere in between before pedalling to his final destination - his house in Fordoun.

The Redmyre Primary School pupil, who will go into first year at Mearns Academy after the summer, will take on the tough challenge with his dad Richard Hay to raise money for two different charities. His mum Pauline says: “That is, of course, if his dad can keep up with him!”

The 11 year-old has chosen Cancer Research UK as one of the two charities and has so far almost reached his target of £250.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research and is entirely funded by the public.

Anthony chose the charity because two of his grandparents have been affected by the disease. The keen cyclist said: “I want to raise as much as I can for Cancer Research because I think the work they do is very important.

“Lots of people have been affected by cancer.

“My Granny Tweed won her battle with breast cancer seven years ago and my Grandad Tweed is now in the middle of his battle and is having chemotherapy for a rare type of cancer.

“They are very active and often take us on nice long walks in the North of Scotland, even in the snow and rain!”

The other charity the primary seven pupil is raising funds for is the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Anthony has a keen interest in animals and says he would love to raise money to help the conservation charity.

Formed in 1964, the Scottish Wildlife Trust is a charity with the objective to “advance the conservation of Scotland’s biodiversity for the benefit of present and future generations.” Anthony says: “I love cycling, and I love animals. In fact I have spent most of my life learning about them.

“I enjoy reading about different species and watching documentaries about them.

“We are quite lucky since we live close to the Montrose basin which has a Scottish Wildlife Trust visitor centre which I enjoy going to.

“Two of my heros are Sir David Attenborough and Steve Backshall.”

So far the Fordoun youngster has raised almost half of his £250 target for the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

His mum Pauline, who has been supporting him in the run up, said: “He’s quite a machine when it comes to cycling, so to begin with I wasn’t worried, but I am getting quite worried about it now as it approaches!

“One hundred miles is a long way and eleven is quite young, but I’m sure Anthony’s determination will get him through.”

The young cyclist said: “I was inspired by my next door neighbour Stuart Cooper who cycled across Scotland for charity.

“I then decided I wanted to fund raise.

“This will be a grand total of 100 miles in one day. I will be accompanied by my Dad who will make sure I go the right way and hopes to keep up with me!

“I have never cycled this distance before and I am determined to achieve my goal to raise lots of money for my two charities.

“Please visit the individual pages to read my inspiration for fund raising.”

Sponsors can be made through Anthony’s JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/teams/anthony-hay.