A duo of teachers from Mill Hill School are swapping lesson plans for a four day bike ride to raise money in memory of friends who have died of cancer.
Maths teacher Ash Mistry, 33, of Belper, and science teacher Shaun Reynolds, 30, of Long Eaton, set off on the 380 mile journey between Belper and Plymouth today along with two friends and are due to finish on April 3.
The team took on the challenge for Macmillan Cancer Care and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Ash, said: “I’m raising money for Macmillan because I had two close friends diagnosed with cancer last year who lost their fight – and I would like to make a contribution to the hard work the charity does.
“Supporting Make-a-Wish is important to us because of the outstanding work they do for children with life-threatening conditions.
“Few things can be more important, or more deserving, than giving a seriously ill child the chance to have their wish come true, with all the hope, expectation and happiness that brings.”
Ash said the team trained hard for the challenge, completing an 80 mile cycle trek along the hilly A54 in icy conditions in preparation for the journey.
To make a donation to the Mill Hill teachers, visit the team’s fund-raising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Derby2Plymouth2013.