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Gordonstoun student raises more than £7000 for charities with 690-mile cycle


By Jonathan Clark

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Timothy was welcomed by students, teachers and support staff after arriving at Gordonstoun.
Timothy was welcomed by students, teachers and support staff after arriving at Gordonstoun.

A STUDENT at Gordonstoun has completed a 690-mile cycle ride to raise more than £5000 for a school charity project.

Timothy Griffin (16) cycled with his father Stuart and cycling club friend Tim Pyatt from Horris Hill School in Newbury, Berkshire, to Gordonstoun.

Timothy arrived at Gordonstoun with his father Stuart and cycling club friend Tim Hyatt.
Timothy arrived at Gordonstoun with his father Stuart and cycling club friend Tim Hyatt.

The cycle began on Thursday, August 19, and finished on Friday, August 27, tying in with the start of the school's autumn term.

Timothy raised £5215 for his school project – which will see him visit either Romania or Thailand to undertake community projects – as well as £2000 for a charity based in Great Bedwyn, 15 miles from Newbury, called Bruce's Boats.

His father Stuart said: "Three of us cycled the 690 miles together – cycling an average of 76 miles, or five hours, per day.

"Timothy planned the trip – it was two years in the making as he decided at the age of 14 that this was how he wanted to raise the money to attend one of the charity projects the school supports each year.

"On the whole, the weather was very good. However, on the third day we faced monsoon-like conditions and the headwind was a challenge between Dundee and Aberdeen.

Timothy and Stuart in Dundee.
Timothy and Stuart in Dundee.

"Timothy was welcomed by a crowd of teachers, pupils and support staff at Gordonstoun House. It was a fitting end to a fantastic experience for the whole team.

"We exceeded our target of raising £2500 and have doubled this figure, which will mean more can be given to the project undertaken across the world.

"We also raised £2000 for Bruce's Boats, which will ensure families with elderly or disabled members can enjoy family holidays on the water."

After arriving at Gordonstoun, Timothy was met by school principal Lisa Kerr and headmaster Richard Devey, who cycled the last 20 kilometres with the group.

L-R: Richard Devey, Head of Senior School; Tim Pyatt, director of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust (who is raising money for Bruce’s Boats); Tim Griffin; Stuart Griffin (Tim’s Dad) and Principal Lisa Kerr. Richard and Lisa joined Tim for the last 10 miles of his trip.
L-R: Richard Devey, Head of Senior School; Tim Pyatt, director of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust (who is raising money for Bruce’s Boats); Tim Griffin; Stuart Griffin (Tim’s Dad) and Principal Lisa Kerr. Richard and Lisa joined Tim for the last 10 miles of his trip.
Tim Griffin arrived at Gordonstoun on Friday afternoon after a mammoth cycle.
Tim Griffin arrived at Gordonstoun on Friday afternoon after a mammoth cycle.

Timothy's younger brother William (12) –who has now started at Gordonstoun – also cycled some of the route, while his mother drove a support van alongside them for the journey.

Tim’s fundraising page is still open. To donate, visit https://bit.ly/3z75f6l.


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