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Aberdeen Student to cycle length of UK for charity

The 1700 km trek will benefit Childline and Summerhill Care Home

By Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco

Photo Credit: Drew Wong

A University of Aberdeen student is set to embark on a 1700 km cycling journey in a bid to raise money in aid of two local charities.

Beginning in early May, Neuroscience with Psychology student Drew Wong will cycle the UK from bottom to top, carrying his own equipment and planning to wild camp along the way.

Drew will be leaving from Land's End in Cornwall on 12 May before travelling north towards John O'Groats, where he hopes to conclude the 1700 km trek several weeks later.

Drew will be donating the proceeds of his journey to two local organisations: the Aberdeen branch of NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), where he has volunteered with the Childline call service; as well as Summerhill Care Home, where he often visits to play his violin.

On his Go Fund Me page, Drew explained why he chose the two groups.

He said: 'It costs the NSPCC four pounds to answer a single call. During my time [volunteering with Childline] I've had the chance to answer 322+ calls, costing approximately $1,300-- the amount I'm attempting to raise… Money for Summerhill Home will go towards new chairs for the living room where we gather while visiting, which will be more suited and comfortable for a care home environment.'

Drew, who is entering his fourth year at the University in September, told The Gaudie: 'It's been a great privilege the past years being involved in the work these two organizations do. I've always enjoyed the outdoors, but this is going to severely be pushing the definition of adventure. However it's for a great cause and the support so far has been overwhelming, so I'm keenly excited!'

Donations can be made via Drew's page on Go Fund Me.

A £5 donation will allow you to follow Drew's journey on Instagram at @1lad2wheels.


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