For most Sheffield teachers, the summer holidays are a time to relax ahead of the new term in September. Try telling that to Mark Conway.
The selfless St Wilfrid’s Primary School: a Catholic Voluntary Academy teacher has just completed a gruelling charity bike ride to London which totalled around 200 miles.
Mark completed the challenge in just two days and cycled over 110 miles to Wellingborough on Saturday, 29 July before completing his journey the following day.
Mark, who is Head of RE at St Wilfrid’s, raised over £1,000 for aid agency CAFOD and finished his journey at their head offices in Westminster.
CAFOD works in over forty countries, helping people to tackle poverty and injustice wherever the need is greatest.
Mark said, “CAFOD does a lot of good work and I wanted to raise some money in an exciting way.
“I stayed away from the M1 and got lost around Milton Keynes which added about 10 miles to my journey. This made the second day a bit of a killer and I was dreading it a bit, cycling around London can be quite hairy!
“It was great to have so many people cheering me on, including kids from my class and other members of staff at St Wilfrid’s. I also got to meet a lot of people on the way who were very supportive. I won’t be doing it again but I will definitely think of something else to do next year!”
Mark initially hoped to raise £200 but has gone well beyond his target, with donations reaching £1,145.
CAFOD’s representative in Hallam, Jeremy Cain, said, “Thank you to Mark for taking on this remarkable challenge – we are very grateful for the time and effort he gave up.
“It sounds like a gruelling journey and it is testament to Mark that he was able to battle through. He quite literally went the extra mile for CAFOD and we are all very proud of his efforts.”
To donate, visit Mark’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Conway7.
For more information about CAFOD’s work, visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/.