Local boys take on Peaks challenge for care home

Schoolboys and brothers Raif, 9, and Danyal Noor , 6, are going to cycle 20km (over 12 miles) through the Peak District, to raise money for a local care home for disabled adults.

Raif and Danyal in their Leonard Cheshire tshirts

On 10 July, the boys will start their ‘bikeathon’ and hope to raise money for Leonard Cheshire’s Chiltern House. They have already hit their £350 target, so are now hoping to raise £500.

Chiltern House is at the heart of the local community in Gerrards Cross, and both of the boys want to help uplift the spirits of residents following the challenges of the pandemic.

Raif and Danyal think that the new terrain and unpredictable weather could make things difficult, but they won’t let a few hills, or a bit of rain dampen their spirits.

Their ‘Proud Mummy’ said:

“The boys really enjoy doing charity work and helping their local community but in Leonard Cheshire they have found a real sense of purpose. Gill, who organises activities for the residents and works with volunteers at Chiltern House, has always been so engaging and very kind to the boys - they are huge fans of her!”

This all started when Raif decided to do a ‘live’ virtual piano concert to bring good cheer to the residents. He saw how much joy and energy the care home staff and residents had, and this inspired the two boys.

Raif and Danyal, who attend Davenies Preparatory School, are using the values learned there to ‘inspire and engage’ their community. The boys have already spent many hours helping the residents; they have used donations to make afternoon tea Christmas hampers and to spruce up the outside of the home with bright flowers and plants.

Service Manager Doris Forson said:

‘It is really great to see how much the boys are doing for Chiltern House and we would like to thank them. Leonard Cheshire aims to support disabled people across the UK, helping them to access their local community and feel involved. The efforts of our dedicated supporters, like Raif and Danyal, have allowed this work to continue despite the challenges of the past year.’

To sponsor the Bikeathon go to the boys’ JustGiving page. They are also looking for song suggestions to add to their ‘Bikeathon playlist’.

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