A TEACHER is to take to the saddle in aid of a talented student.
Paul Dickson, assistant headteacher at St Bede’s School in Peterlee, is due to take part in a three-day Coast to Coast bike ride from Saturday to Monday in aid of pupil Megan Atkinson, 12.
He will spend his 41st birthday on the first day of the ride to raise funds to help get Megan to Michigan, in the United States, for the World Dwarf Games.
Megan has achondroplasia, the same condition as London 2012 gold medal heroine Ellie Simmonds, but that has not stopped her from scooping hauls of medals from swimming events.
Mr Dickson and five friends will cycle 150 miles over three days, from Whitehaven to Sunderland, to help raise cash towards the £4,000 cost of the trip.
Mr Dickson said: “She’s a great example to us all – she really works hard.
“So when those miles get difficult, I will use Megan as an inspiration.”
Megan, who lives with parents Sarah and Kevin and sisters Emily, 10, and Isobel, eight, won nine golds in the National Junior and Youth Swimming Championships and took part in the British International Disability Swimming Championships alongside Ellie.
This weekend she will compete in several sports at the National Dwarf Games in Birmingham.
To sponsor Mr Dickson call the school on 586 2291 or email: email@example.com.