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Schoolboy Jack finally gets off the bike after three-month challenge

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

Jack Prescott is joined by his proud grandmother Maragret Castillon.

Jack Prescott is joined by his proud grandmother Maragret Castillon.

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THERE were times over the last three months when Burton schoolboy Jack Prescott wished he could be outside with his mates at lunch time rather than being stuck indoors.

But it wasn’t any sort of punishment that was restricting the 16-year-old to the confines of the classroom.

During his free time when many of his friends would be outside playing football, Jack was slowly but surely checking off the miles as part of an exhausting fund-raising challenge he had embarked on in memory of his grandfather Alan.

After the shock of losing his grandfather, who died of a heart attack last year, the de Ferrers Academy pupil was inspired to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation - and the task he set himself was far from easy.

Jack decided he would cover 405 kilometres - the distance from Burton to where his grandfather retired to live in northern France - on an exercise bike stationed at the school.

Working at lunch times meant Jack could only cover around 15 kilometres on each occasion and he admits there were times when he wondered whether he would ever reach the finish line.

But, as his beaming parents watched on, Jack completed the 405th kilometre yesterday.

He said: “There were times when I just wanted to give up, but I was doing it to make my granddad proud and that’s what kept me going. Once I got going and started clocking off the kilometres I just wanted to get on and do it.

“I had been talking with friends about doing something for the British Heart Foundation.”

Jack’s endeavours have helped to raise £357 for the charity at the last count and have also earned him plenty of encouraging pats on the back from teachers and fellow pupils.

Jack said: “Everyone has been really supportive, plenty have people have donated. Everyone really got behind me and it helped keep me going.”

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