On your marks, get set, go: EPIC team for this year’s Sport Relief

Doncaster Children’s Services Trust’s EPIC (Encouraging Potential, Inspiring Change) team have teamed up with Sir Thomas Wharton Academy for this year’s Sport Relief.

With their cycling shoes on, EPIC challenged the Edlington school pupils to cycle the equivalent distance of Doncaster to Manchester (over 70 miles) last Monday, 19 March. Cycling along the way, the team spoke to pupils about the impact anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and the community.

Focusing on their own health too, the specially adapted smoothie bikes meant pupils could create themselves delicious smoothies for when they finished. All of the fruit and vegetables for the smoothies had been kindly donated by the local Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.

Head of Targeted Youth Support for Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, Andy Hood, said: “Thinking of others and raising aspirations is a key part of EPIC work and builds on their work with schools across Doncaster to make young people aware of crime and consequence and to inspire them to make positive decisions and be good citizens.

“It was a big challenge to cycle such as distance in one day, but we knew the pupils together with team EPIC would succeed and help raise some money along the way. We would like to say a big thank you to the local supermarkets for their kind donations.”

South Yorkshire Police Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest said: “This is a great initiative for members of our local community to become involved in and something we are proud to support. This along with all of the work done by EPIC enables youngsters to take part in different community events and deters them from becoming involved in criminality.”

This year’s Sport Relief theme is ‘Whatever Moves You’. All proceeds raised from the event will go directly to Sport Relief, meaning the money will help poor and disadvantaged people across the UK and all around the world.

“She really listened to me, I really felt heard.”

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