West Notts students will attempt 300 mile bike-a-thon for Women’s Aid

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A Mansfield and Ashfield charity is set to benefit from the kindness of local teenagers who are raising money through a sponsored bike-a-thon next week.

The event, organised by West Nottinghamshire College, will see 15 16-and-17-year-olds who have spent four weeks on outdoor challenges end their National Citizen Service (NCS) project by cycling the equivalent of 300 miles on 7th August.

The money raised will go towards Mansfield and Ashfield Women’s Aid (MAWA).

Taking place at the Oasis Gym on Quarry Lane, Mansfield, the teenagers will cycle for cash from 9am to 3pm.

The NCS is a government-led initiative designed to support young people in the transition to adulthood through residential projects and community-based activities.

During the second week of the project the group visited the University of Nottingham’s halls of residence where they picked up valuable employability and communication skills before embarking on putting together a social action project.

They have also enjoyed a four-night residential adventure in the Peak District, getting involved in mental and physical challenges.

The bike ride is just one of seven Big Adventure groups organised by the college throughout the summer period.

A fundraising car wash and a talent night have already been held for charity.

Nigel Oldham, project leader, said: “This has been a huge success and the group have shown such enthusiasm towards all of the activities over the last two weeks and have met new people and taken part in new challenges.

“They decided collectively that for the social action part of the project they would like to raise money for a local charity and organise a bike-a-thon.

“If their hard work and willingness over the last fortnight is anything to go by, they’re set to raise plenty of cash for MAWA.”