We have heard many inspirational stories about boys who have achieved incredible things during lockdown and the summer, all raising a tremendous amount for charity.  

Two of these boys are brothers Hugh and Giles Halsey, who are in the Upper Sixth and Remove Form respectively. They decided to put their unexpected spare time to good use when they challenged themselves to cycle 942 miles (the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats) around Hertfordshire.

The boys wanted to use their time productively while raising money for charities close to their hearts. Hugh, being interested in genetics and biological research, supported the A-T society which funds research into this rare genetic disease. Giles supported the Songbird Survival charity as the sound of birdsong really helped to lift his spirits during the quietness of lockdown, and he was surprised to learn that songbirds are in steep decline. This was a way he could help the charity to save these incredible creatures.

They cycled around 30 to 40 miles a day and over the course of 33 days, and raised £3,635 between them. They were even interviewed on BBC 3 Counties Radio and Heart FM in late July, and Giles was filmed for his charity’s website for their endeavours!

We are pleased to say that they completed their challenge at the end of the summer, and even managed a few rides on the real Land’s End to John O’Groats route when they went on holiday to Scotland and cycled across the Forth Bridge.

Speaking after completing the challenge, Giles said, “I have cycled 942 miles! I am blown away by the generosity of strangers, and this experience has rekindled my faith in humanity.”

While they are back to focussing on their school work now, they have left their charity fundraising pages open if you would like to make a donation:

Just Giving – Hugh

Just Giving – Giles 


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