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PUPILS from Lansbury Bridge Special School in St Helens tackled the gruelling Land’s End to John O’Groats fundraising route – without even leaving the school grounds!

Along with parents, staff and friends of the school, they used static exercise bikes wheelchair-accessible and specialist bikes to ensure every child who wanted to join in – could do.

The joint initiative - between the school and parent and friends group Lansbury Make It Happen – saw volunteers covering the equivalent of 1017 miles to raise funds for outdoor play equipment for a new play area and cycle track in the school grounds.

Each class at Lansbury Bridge was allocated a cycling session during the week, with parents invited to come along and support their child – and ride a few miles themselves.

Staff were also clocking up the miles and keeping fit during their lunch breaks and after school.

Saints star Mark Flanagan got the ride off to a flying start accompanied by club mascot Boots - who both rode a few miles.

Deputy council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “It was great to see so many people involved in this fabulous fundraising effort. Everyone can take credit for playing a part in the virtual ‘journey’ from Lands End to John O’Groats.”

Anyone who would like to contribute to the sponsored ride should contact either Bob Brownlow or Alison Jones at the school – tel 01744 678579.