Brave cyclists ride for 24 hours to help local disadvantaged young people!

Brave cyclists ride for 24 hours to help local disadvantaged young people!

Tash Bright No Comment

Last week, Sheffield Futures supporters completed Mountain Mayhem, a 24-hour mountain bike challenge to raise funds, which will allow disadvantaged young people to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In the blistering heat, the team, made of Sheffield Futures staff and volunteers cycled from 12-12, with homemade helmet torches, around the picturesque Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, perhaps better known as Princess Anne’s house! Mountain Mayhem is the largest and most prestigious 24-hour mountain bike event in the world.

Shortly before the event, two of our five riders injured themselves in training and were unable to take part. At the time, rider Matt Cockrean said “with only three of us, it’s turned out even harder than we thought it would be, so all of your donations are very much appreciated.” The team were extraordinarily lucky that Sally Lee was able to join the team shortly before midnight on Saturday 17th July to help them out.

Alan Pashley, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Sheffield Manager said: “For every young person who starts their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award journey, there is another who doesn’t get that opportunity. At Sheffield Futures, we have been working hard over the last year supporting staff in their development in delivering the award, ensuring high standards of provision and greater involvement for all young people. Ensuring the availability of specialist resources in order that all young people can take an active part in our activities and we are delighted to report that this hard work is paying off.

The number of young people taking part and completing their award in increasing and many of Sheffield’s secondary schools, colleges and special schools deliver a DofE programme.

We are pleased to say that the number of disadvantaged young people undertaking the award is increasing including those currently not in education, employment and training, those in care, in receipt of pupil premium and those with special educational needs or disabilities. But we would like to help more disadvantaged young people to benefit from this opportunity, which is why we took part in Mountain Mayhem.”

Alan continued: “Young people have never needed a boost in their life and employment prospects more than they do today. It’s become a modern day cliché to say that we need to develop young people with employability skills for jobs that don’t yet exist. Citizenship, resilience, leadership and teamwork remain at the core of the skills required to have the best opportunities in life and we will continue to reflect this need.”

24 hours of peddling through mountainous terrain is a huge feat, so please give generously so that the young people of Sheffield can accomplish something fantastic and fulfil their potential! The team have currently raised £650 and you can help by donating here:

You can have a look at how the team got on by looking at the video they made, here:


How you can help

Our charity is dedicated to helping Sheffield's young people to reach their full potential and achieve the best out of life, whatever their starting point. To help us to do more to support young people and communities we need your help. Just remember, every penny you donate will make a difference.