Super Sam and Co cycle for a special cause

  • 180 Manor Green students raise cash for new bike
  • Sam Alton only learned to ride a year ago

A boy with Down’s Syndrome, who could not ride a bike until he was 16, has taken part in a cycling fundraiser.

Sam Alton, 17, joined his friends at Manor Green College to cycle for 45 minutes round the playground, raising money for a tandem bike for the school.

CO 100315  Sam Alton cycling on a special bike around Manor Green College playground to raise money for a new bike for the school. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-151003-115124001

CO 100315 Sam Alton cycling on a special bike around Manor Green College playground to raise money for a new bike for the school. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-151003-115124001

Called the Big Pedal, the challenge saw 180 students from the school in Lady Margaret Road, Ifield, cycling round a track painted on the playground by volunteers from Network Rail.

The students at Manor Green have thrown themselves into the biking scheme which started in September.

Organiser Becky Killick said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for the children. Since September the bike scheme has really taken off.

“Lots of my kids have learned to ride from not riding at all or going from a trike to a two-wheel bike.”

We never thought Sam would be remotely interested because we never got him to ride a bike in his life

Steve Alton

Sam was one of the students to learn.

His dad, Steve, said: “We never thought Sam would be remotely interested because we never got him to ride a bike in his life.

“He’s very excited. He’s not very verbal but you can tell when he’s excited because he flaps his hands around.”

Describing the benefit Sam has reaped from attending a school such as Manor Green, Steve added: “It’s been absolutely enormous. Not just the bike riding thing although that was a triumph in itself.”

To sponsor Sam, log on to www.justgiving.com/ManorGreenCollege .