Shoreham boy cycles 23 miles to raise money for the NHS

A Shoreham boy has raised hundreds of pounds for the NHS by taking part in a long bike ride.

Ollie Stepney, 11, raised £405 in total, which will be given to help support the NHS in the challenging fight against coronavirus. He received donations on the NHS Charities Together donations page, on his father’s Facebook account.

Ollie, who is currently a pupil at Swiss Gardens Primary School, said: “I wanted to do this ride because my auntie is a nurse and I wanted to help.”

Ollie completed this bike ride with his dad, Simon Stepney. He managed to cycle 23 miles, starting from his home in Shoreham, before cycling to Brighton, and then back along to Worthing Pier, before returning home to Shoreham.

Ollie Stepney, 11, raised £405 for NHS Charities Together

His mum, Nikki Stepney, expressed how proud she was of her son’s achievement.

The mum-of-two said: “I’m super proud of Ollie, I think it’s a huge achievement to raise money for such a great cause. He absolutely smashed it.”

Ollie is one of the many people who have been helping to raise money for the NHS, with the most well-known example being Captain Tom Moore, who has recently been promoted to Colonel.

Visit www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk for more information and to make a donation.

A message from the Editor, Gary Shipton:

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news, I am asking you to please purchase a copy of our newspapers.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspapers.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

Stay safe, and best wishes.