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Newcastle lads cycle 3000 miles across USA for charity

Jonny Connop and Martin Kay are cycling for for the children of The Percy Hedley Primary school who have cerebral palsy Credit: Pedalforpercy.com
The map of their route Credit: Pedalforpercy.com

Two friends from Newcastle are cycling 3,000 miles across the USA from LA to New York to raise funds for a sensory room at the primary school site in Forest Hall in North Tyneside, Newcastle Upon-Tyne.

Jonny Connop and Martin Kay have undertaken the 'Pedal for Percy' challenge, which involves cycling the 3000 miles coast to coast in America in 30 days from L.A. to New York. So far, they are on day 15, exactly half way through their journey.

The boys are on day 15 of their journey Credit: Pedalforpercy.com
The boys are on day 15 of their journey Credit: Pedalforpercy.com

They hope to raise enough money to buy equipment for a new sensory room which will be required for the children of The Percy Hedley Primary school who have cerebral palsy. The school is moving premises and some of the older equipment will not be able to be moved.

The cycling chums set off each morning at 8am USA time, 7 hours behind the UK. They hope to finish on the 4th October in Manhattan New York.

To support the boys you can go to their website: www.pedalforpercy.com

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