Xander, 5, prepares to raise cash for Magpas with sponsored cycle ride

Xander Brown (5) from Ely who will do a Charity Bike Ride for Magpas

Xander Brown (5) from Ely who will do a Charity Bike Ride for Magpas - Credit: Archant

FIVE-year-old Xander Brown is a boy on a mission. He has set his heart on raising cash for Magpas and will undertake a sponsored charity bike ride later this month.

Xander, a pupil at St John’s School in Ely, has already collected around £50 from well wishers, and he is determined to raise even more money for the emergency medical charity.

Mum Michelle said: “He has been wanting to raise money for charity for a while, and I said he had to wait for the school holidays. We discussed what he might do, and I explained to him the importance of the air ambulance service to Ely, because Addenbrooke’s Hospital is so far away.”

Xander has been a confident cyclist for about a year. “He bikes to school every day, and has recently had a new bike,” said Michelle. “He has been riding for a year without stabilisers.

“We plan to do a bike ride around Wicken Fen on August 12, there is no pressure on him about what distance we might cover, but there are plenty of circular rides, and I will hire a bike so I can go with him.”


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As the day of the cycle ride approaches, Xander has been busy collecting more sponsorship. “He even go the ladies at Gibbs to sponsor him when he had a new pair of shoes, and at his swimming lessons he asked people at the Paradise pool to sponsor him.”

To sponsor Xander, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/XanderBrown

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