Higham Ferrers cyclist raises children’s ward funds

Nathan Clarke presents the money he raised to hospital play specialist Claire Green
Nathan Clarke presents the money he raised to hospital play specialist Claire Green
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A Higham Ferrers’ man has cycled 357 miles over five days and raised £230 for Skylark Ward at Kettering General Hospital.

Nathan Clarke, 27, a customer service insurance adviser, decided he want to challenge himself to ride from his home in Higham Ferrers the England’s most westerly point – Land’s End in Cornwall – and raise money for children’s services.

On Monday, August 1, Nathan left Higham Ferrers and cycled to Land’s End in Cornwall – just him, his bike, clothes, camping and food supplies!

Several days later, on Friday, August 5, he arrived safely at Land’s End around 5pm having cycled 357 miles – an average of 71.4 miles per day - before catching the train home.

The money was raised via an online fundraising page and via several collections tins displayed around the community.

Nathan said: “Last year I tried cycling anticlockwise around England from Higham to Skegness and then following the coastline all the way around to Berwick-upon-Tweed and Wales. But I got injury and had to quit at Minehead after cycling more than 1,000 miles.

“Land’s End was still in my head and I wanted to visit it one way or another.

“To establish a good cause I posted a question on the Rushden and Higham Ferrers Facebook page asking for suggestions of who I should raise money for. The response was unanimous: ‘children’s services’, so I decided to support Kettering General Hospital.”

KGH matron for children’s services, Donna Mason, said: “This was an amazing piece of fundraising. Nathan worked so hard to raise this money.”