A PAIR of fundraising schoolboys have scaled a high peak for a charity challenge.
Close friends Bradley Evans and Will Bellis, both 15, from Flint Mountain, took on the gruelling task of cycling to and from the summit of Moel Famau to raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease UK.
Bradley, a Flint High School student, came up with the idea after his grandfather, Eric Evans, also of Flint Mountain, was diagnosed with the disease last year.
Despite getting lost while on the cycle ride – which meant the intrepid peddlers cycled further than anticipated – they completed the challenge in about four hours.
So far they have already raised more than £600.
Bradley said: ”It was really hard, especially when we were coming down, as we went the wrong way and ended up on the other side of the mountain.
“We had to go back up Moel Famau and down again, so overall we cycled 14 miles.
“We had set ourselves a time of around two and a half hours, but it actually took more like four.”
Bradley and Will, who attends Alun School, Mold, hope the money raised will be spent to create a comfortably furnished visitor’s room at the Flintshire Parkinson’s Disease Support Group’s base in Buckley.
Bradley added: “Although it was physically demanding, the thought we were raising money to help people like my grandad made it all worthwhile.
“We are so thankful to everyone who has supported us. It’s been a great success.”
The boys, who have cycled together for many years, trained every day and all weekend for a couple of months before taking on the challenge.
Nick Spearpoint, head of PE at Flint High School, said: “Bradley and Will are both exceptional cyclists and they have put a lot of effort and training into this challenge.
“We are incredibly proud of their achievement and the fact that they have done this for such a good cause is a credit to them.”