Young fundraisers set themselves a wheelie big task

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TWO friends from Daventry will push themselves 21 miles in a wheelchair to help raise cash for a local charity.

Callum Woulahan, 13, and Joe Pursey, 12, are aiming to complete three laps of Pitsford Reservoir next month to raise money for Pete Spencer’s Helping Hands Memorial Fund.

The Danetre School pupils came up with the idea after they were set a classroom task to become active citizens in the community.

Callum said: “The idea came about after we were set the homework assignment.

“We decided we’d like to raise money to help disabled people and thought this would be a good challenge and show how hard it is for people in wheelchairs to get around.

“It will be really tough so we are now planning on doing some weight training to build up our strength.

“We’ve done a bit of wheelchair basketball which was really good fun, but apart from that we’ve both never used a wheelchair before.”

Other pupils at the school are also taking part in the assignment, which runs throughout the whole of 2011.

The two boys, who are both keen rugby players, will take on the challenge at some point during the next half-term holiday which runs from February 19 to 26.

Their aim is to complete the three laps in one day.

Callum added: “Other pupils at the school are doing things like cake sales and various other sponsored events throughout the year.

“We are planning on doing the wheelchair ride on a day when the weather is good, and if it goes well we will look into other things we can do.”

Joe also ran the junior Great North Run in 2008 for the memorial fund, which provides specialist equipment and arranges special days out for seriously ill children and children with disabilities. They chose the charity because they wanted to support a local cause.

Joe said: “We know someone from Spratton who is doing one lap of the reservoir so we thought we would go the extra mile and try and get around it three times.

“We will both be in wheelchairs pushing ourselves along the whole time. It will be tough but we think we can do it.

“We are now looking at where we can get the wheelchairs from.”

“When I did the run a couple of years ago I raised £500 for the charity.

“Our aim is to beat that total and just raise as much money as possible.

If you’d like to sponsor Callum and Joe email spursey@hotmail.co.uk or call 07847 553821.