Jack takes on Norwich to raise money for Beavers

Jack Gosling, 6, is doing a 16 mile bike ride to raise money for his Beavers group.Picture: ANTONY K

Jack Gosling, 6, is doing a 16 mile bike ride to raise money for his Beavers group.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Plucky little Jack Gosling is proof of the strength of the human spirit.

At just six-and-a-half, the youngster from Costessey in Norwich is planning an epic 16 mile bike around the city to raise money for his Beaver Scout group.

Jack said he wanted to raise money the group, which he goes to every week, to help pay for them to embark on more adventures, trips and learning activities.

Jack said: 'I love going to Beavers and wanted to help raise money for them.

'It would be nice to do some camping for an adventure.'

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Jack said he had been riding a bike for about two years.

He said: 'I just need to get a bit more speedy, and daddy's going to help me up the hills because there are some steep hills.'

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'I will be leaving my home in Costessey, cycling along Marriott's Way to somewhere near Lenwade and then back to the Scouts' headquarters at The Street in Costessey.'

Jack said he loved going to the Beavers, a group for six to eight-year-olds.

He said: 'We play lots of fun games. We play hockey, we play 'it', musical statues and Spitfires and Hurricanes.

'I also like making some twist bread there, and having some dinner.'

Jack's dad Lee Gosling has also undertaken charity bike rides in the past, and Jack rode with his dad across the finish line at the end of a 101-mile ride in aid of the Sky Trust, which maintains the last remaining Vulcan XH558 aircraft.

Mr Gosling said he would ride behind Jack in support with a bottle of water and some biscuits at the ready.

He said: 'Jack decided he wanted to do something to help his Beaver friends and so he's riding 16 miles, because it's the 16th Beaver colony.

'It's a really worthy cause - a lot of these charities don't survive without people putting their hands in their pockets.'

Jack will attempt the ride on June 26, and he has set himself four hours to complete it.

Donations to Jack's cause can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jackgosling

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