With no previous experience in cycling, Primary Education PGCE student Tom Moon embarked on a 300 mile bike ride from London to Paris to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Tom decided to take on this challenge with two of his friends to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide free accommodation for families to keep them close to their sick children.

When his friend’s nephew Toby was born, he spent the first few months of his life in terminal care which was a distressing period for the Brewer family. Throughout this time, Ronald McDonald House supported the family, providing accommodation right next to the hospital so they were only metres away if they were needed.

Toby has beaten the odds, and is now fit and healthy, and this wouldn’t have been possible without the team at Ronald McDonald house. After seeing what his friend’s family went through, Tom was inspired to raise money for this charity to help them continue to support other families.

Along with two friends, Tom made the four-day journey from London to Paris with minimal training, no support team and without a mapped out route and loved every minute of it.

“None of us are cyclists so everyone thought we were crazy when we said we wanted to take on this challenge,” said Tom, “but it was great fun and we all had a blast. We received over £1,600 in sponsorship for Ronald McDonald House and couldn’t be prouder.”

The experience has given Tom the appetite for adventure and he is in the midst of training for the Three Peaks Challenge with two other former Edge Hill students, which he hopes to complete in 24 hours.

Tom currently works as a teacher in a specialist behavioural secondary school in Leeds and hopes to continue in in this career path, with the hope of embarking on many more charity challenges.

If you would like to donate to Ronald McDonald House, you can access the JustGiving page for Toby here.

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