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Charity Bike Ride Marks Passing

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

Former classmates from Bolton School are reuniting for a charity bike ride that marks the tragic passing of Jonny Sharples and Danny Harrison, who died in a car crash ten years ago. Since this tragic accident, the Sharples family has selflessly campaigned and raised money for charities both directly linked to the events, and also ones close to their heart. These have included Bolton Hospital Trauma Unit, Transplant Sport, Whizz Kids, Children With Cancer, Brake and When You Wish Upon A Star. Their generosity and kindness have inspired many of Jonny’s friends to set challenges of their own, contributing to the thousands already raised by the Sharples family. 

To mark the ten year anniversary, a group of Jonny’s closest friends have decided to embark upon a 250 mile cycle ride to London, starting at the Sharples family home, and ending at Jonny’s beloved West Ham United.  

Day 1 will see the group of eight friends leave Bolton on the 85 mile first leg to Sudbury. Following this, day 2 will see a further 75 miles covered as they cycle to Towcester. The final day will see their tired legs make one last effort to the Olympic Park, where both friends and family of Jonny will meet to watch West Ham play Brighton at the London Stadium on Friday 20 October.  The group has a varied range of cycling experience and for some the ride will represent a gruelling challenge, but one befitting of Jonny’s passionate and determined personality. 

The group consists of Jay Murray, Nick Holt, Andrew Hodgson, Jonny Parkinson, Oliver Relph, Ben Murphy, Andy Pantelidies and Tom Waugh; all of whom were friends of Jonny’s from Bolton School. During the ride, they will be backed up by their support van, driven by Jonny’s mum and dad, Dave and Cath. 

After discussion with Jonny’s parents, the group will be raising money for When You Wish Upon A Star, a charity granting wishes for children with life threatening illnesses. The group has a JustGiving web page and any donations would be greatly appreciated: 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tenyearcycle

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Charity bike ride for When You Wish Upon a Star

A training session for four of the team; from left to right are Andy Hodgson, Jonny Parkinson, Nick Holt and Jay Murray