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Sunday, April 27, 2014
A ten mile cycle ride would be gruelling for the fittest among us, but 10-year-old John Fraser was not afraid to take on the challenge to raise money for an animal welfare charity.
The youngster, who lives in Richardson Crescent, Hethersett, cycled from Hethersett to Little Melton, Great Melton, Wymondham and back to Hethersett in one hour 20 minutes today as part of a sponsored cycle ride to raise money for the People For Animal Care Trust (PACT) Animal Sanctuary at Woodrising, Hingham.
He has so far raised over £200 for the charity, which rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes, wherever possible, neglected, injured and abandoned animals.
The fund raiser, who attends Colman Junior School in Norwich, was partly inspired to raise money for PACT because his mother Helen, 38, works for one of the charity’s shops in Colman Road, Norwich.
John said: “It was all my idea, cycling from Hethersett to Wymondham and I am trying to raise as much money as possible for PACT.
“I thought that instead of running, which I am not that great at, I would try biking because I am good at biking.”
He has completed two similar challenges in the past to raise money for charities, including Hillside Animal Sanctuary.
He is familiar with animals as his family, including his father Paul, own a Staffordshire Terrier Jake and two chickens.
As well as helping to rehome animals, PACT also helps stray Romanian dogs which face cruelty, including being trapped, poisoned or shot.
Donations can be made to PACT at River Farm, Woodrising, Hingham, NR9 4PJ or by phoning 01362 820775. John was also receiving sponsorship at the ride.
For more information on PACT, visit www.pactsanctuary.org.