Ollie gets on his bike for a good cause

RIDERS From left, Kerry Richards, Steve Webb, Tyler Rhodes, and Ollie Webb. Picture: Mick Young (132500-01)
RIDERS From left, Kerry Richards, Steve Webb, Tyler Rhodes, and Ollie Webb. Picture: Mick Young (132500-01)

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INSPIRED by his uncle and grandad, Ollie Webb organised – and took part in – a cycle ride for charity.

The 11-year-old cycled from his home in Racton Road, Emsworth, to Chichester train station and back.

Joined by his father, Steve, friend Tyler Rhodes, also 11, and Tyler’s mum Kerry Richards, the group managed to raise £285 for charity.

Ollie said: ‘I wanted to do a charity fundraiser for my uncle and grandad.

‘My grandad died from Huntington’s disease and my uncle also has it so I wanted to do it for them.

‘It was quite hard work and definitely challenging but I enjoyed it and it was fun.

‘We managed to complete the ride in two hours and I was really happy with that.

‘It was nice doing it with my friend and we both enjoyed it.’

The money raised by Ollie and the group will go to Huntington’s Disease Association – a charity that supports people affected by the disease and provides information and advice from professionals.

Huntington’s disease is a hereditary disease that affects certain brain cells and can cause a wide range of symptoms.

Ollie’s mum Sarah Webb is proud of her son for embarking on a challenge.

She said: ‘It’s great that Ollie wanted to not only raise money for charity, but do it for a group that means a lot to the family.

‘He got a lot of support from family and friends and that pushed them all to try really hard and complete the challenge in a good time.

‘I was really proud with what they did and the amount they managed to raise was amazing.

‘They had excellent support from family and friends and I think that spurred them on to complete it.

‘They loved it.’

But Ollie doesn’t want to stop there.

He wants to do something bigger next year to raise even more money for charity.

The Southbourne Junior School pupil added: ‘I definitely want to do something like this in the future.

‘I have heard about this man doing a cycle ride across the whole of England and I would like to join him when he comes to the south.

‘It would be cool to do something like that and it would be a big challenge.’