A big-hearted boy saddles up for his school

Billy Foot and his teacher Jonathan Maye who are doing a sponsored bike ride to raise money for a new trampoline for the school.
Billy Foot and his teacher Jonathan Maye who are doing a sponsored bike ride to raise money for a new trampoline for the school.
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A PLUCKY schoolboy is gearing up for a bike ride to buy his school a new trampoline.

Deep-thinking Year 5 pupil Billy Foot hit upon the idea of leaving something for younger pupils to remember him by when he moves from Waterloo School up to senior school.

The 10-year-old has a love of playtime and felt the most fun thing he could do was to buy a trampoline.

He discussed the idea with teaching assistant Jonathan Maye and together they decided to do a 10-mile sponsored bike ride to raise the cash needed – which could be several hundred pounds.

Billy, from Fareham, said: ‘I really want to buy a new trampoline for the school so that when I leave there is something to remember me by.

‘I love going out on my bike so I thought it would be good to do a bike ride.

‘We’re going to start on Southsea seafront and ride the route of the Great South Run which is 10 miles. I know I can do it because I’ve been practising.’

Billy needs to raise £400 to buy a trampoline good enough for him to put his name to.

Mr Maye said staff at the school are very proud of Billy’s thoughtfulness and added: ‘I think it’s a fantastic idea, I love it.

‘A lot of his friends are in Year 6 and they will be leaving soon.

‘Billy will still be here but he has been thinking ahead a lot.

‘He has been here since Year 1 so he knows the place very well indeed and it is a huge part of his life.

‘His idea is to leave the school something to remember him by.

‘Billy thought about what would be appropriate, what the pupils would really enjoy using.

‘A strong, sturdy trampoline for pupils was what he settled on. We all think it is a lovely thing to do.’

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Billy should pop a donation into the school, which is in Warfield Avenue.