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Posted: 28/09/16

Pupils pedal for Malcolm's miles

Vision Studio School governor and local businessman Malcolm Hall MBE has spoken about his pride for pupils who are showing their support for his 500 mile bike ride this Friday (30 September).

(lr) Grace Beard, Malcolm Hall MBE and Michael Higginson

Malcolm, who owns Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies Ltd in Mansfield, is setting off on a fundraising cycle ride towards London onto Cardiff and returning to Mansfield in approximately 40 hours.

The challenge is being cycled by Malcolm, four times Olympic cyclist Bryan Steel and Malcolm’s friends and colleagues to raise cash for Fountaindale School – a a specialist SEN school that offers an inclusive education for pupils aged 3 to 19, who have complex physical and sensory needs.

This week, pupils studying at Vision Studio School where Malcolm is a governor, took to the stationary bikes in the school reception, on Chesterfield Road, to help rack up the miles in support of Malcolm’s challenge – which grows in miles every year.

Fourteen-year-old health and social care student Grace Beard and engineering student Michael Higginson, also fourteen, were in support of Malcolm’s charity ride, both cycling over 20 miles each over lunchtime, in relay style with their classmates.

Malcolm said: “So far Hall-Fast has raised over £68k for Fountaindale School and anything we raise will go towards purchasing equipment for the children.

“Fountaindale School is close to my heart because at the 12-week scan of my son, we learnt that he may be stillborn or born requiring an emergency operation. During the harrowing ten-day wait to determine his future, I decided I was going to raise money for this school as there are many families that have been in our position.

“Happily my son was born absolutely fine, but I still have the school close to my heart. I am so very proud to see studio school pupils supporting me in the lead up to my ride and I thank everyone whole-heartedly who has supported me.”

Setting off from Fountaindale School on Friday, Malcolm and friends, together with Bryan, will begin the 500 mile journey and he already has plans for a 600 mile trek next year.

Malcolm added: “I started cycling two years ago and did a coast to coast for charity and then the following year I increased it to 310 miles in 22 hours. I am just going to keep on going!”