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Artist uses pedal power to raise money for Sunderland school project

Artist in Residence at Farringdon Academy, Sunderland, Mike Clay who is doing a 250 mile bike ride to helkp raise funds for pupils trip to Gambia.

Artist in Residence at Farringdon Academy, Sunderland, Mike Clay who is doing a 250 mile bike ride to helkp raise funds for pupils trip to Gambia.

AN artist is using pedal power to raise cash for a city school project.

Mike Clay, who is artist in residence at Farringdon Community Academy, set out on Bank Holiday Monday for a five-day sponsored bike ride.

The 54-year-old will be raising money for the school’s Gambia project, which will involve a group of teenagers going out to provide aid to families living in poverty.

Mike, who lives in Hendon, said: “I have been working at the school doing art projects, including building a concrete bench and creating murals, and I heard about the Gambia project.

“I thought doing the cycle ride would be a good way of raising a bit of money for it.”

The dad-of-one said his 250-mile route will take him to Kielder Water, then Newcastleton in the borders of Scotland, then Carlisle and Bowness before following Hadrian’s Wall back to the North East.

Mike, who is married to Stephanie, began cycling after being diagnosed with diabetes.

He said: “I asked the doctor if there was something I could do and he said to lose a bit of weight.

“I have lost five and a half stone in the last eight months through healthy eating and exercise.”

In December, the first group of pupils from the Allendale Road school went out to Gambia to help revamp a school and deliver aid.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the project and Mike’s cycle ride, can do so through JustGiving by texting TBYP12 to 70070 with the amount in £s.

 

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