The cheers rang out as 18-year old Chris Miller came into sight, cycling down Newbury Street to cross the line outside the White Hart.
A large crowd had gathered to welcome back Chris, who had spent the last fortnight cycling up the country to Ben Nevis, climbing the UK’s highest mountain, then riding back, all in the quest to raise funds for a much needed local facility. To date the ride has raised over £6000 towards a dedicated Youth Centre for the town, where the young people of Whitchurch could meet, enjoy a drop-in centre and run a wide range of events.
Welcoming Chris were the Mayor and Mayoress of Whitchurch Barry and Sandra Jackman, who have provided so much support to the young people of the town.
Lively and enthusiastic youth club members held banners and balloons as they clapped and cheered their hero of the day while there were some emotional scenes from family members.
Sir George Young MP, Leader of the House of Commons, and also a keen cyclist, was also present to join in the welcome, as were a whole hoard of well-wishers.
When his joyful Mum Nancy Miller was asked for her thoughts she said…
“I am relieved and very proud. He’s done a fantastic job and shows just what youngsters can do.”
Sir George Young MP added similar sentiments…
“He is a fine example to all young people, showing the benefits of cycling, while generating funds for an important project in the community where he is growing up”
Chris covered 1450 miles on his intrepid adventure, but when asked where he was cycling to tomorrow, he just quietly smiled!
Fund raising continued across the road at the White Hart, where Andy and Julie were providing a BBQ and kindly donating £1.00 for each burger sold. In addition there was raffle along with further fund-raising during the evening at their Go-Go Grease Lightning Disco. Whether Chris is jiving is unknown!
The Whitchurch Youth Centre Trust will be continuing to raise funds for a Centre with further events and activities.
Meanwhile donations can still be made at www.chrismillercycling.com
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