Five-year-old will cycle 300km for children’s charity

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A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl is attempted to cycle a staggering 300kms in efforts to raise money for a national children's charity.

Ivy Holder, from Bromborough, started the Ride 300 challenge on May 12 and remarkably expects to hit her distance goal in 30 days.

With help along the way from two-year-old brother Brax, she is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the NSPCC, helping children less fortunate than herself.

Ivy's father Dan Holder said: "Ivy loves cycling and is aware and understanding of the charitable cause, so we thought it would be a great opportunity to channel cycling while supporting a charity of such importance. She will be cycling every kilometre of the 300.

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"This is to support the NSPCC in their increased bid to tackle child abuse – particularly significant over lockdown.."

"The cycling will of course be within the one hour limit per day and we have established she can do six miles in that time, so 10kms per day.

"Obviously, being five, she may need rest days but we anticipate finishing on June 10 – the 30th day cycling."

Ivy's family has set up a justgiving page for people to sponsor her and she had already passed her initial target before even getting in the saddle.

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Most of her early donations came organically from family and friends, but Mr Holder recognises that a wider audience would mean a greater chance of raising funds for the NSPCC to tackle child abuse.

He added: "I teach vulnerable children at Hilbre High School and my Wife, Kathryn Holder, teaches at Ridgeway, so we are passionate about the cause. Ivy loves cycling so we simply thought we'd mash the two together."

The challenge is all the more remarkable, given that Ivy has only been cycling without stabilisers for six months, after her parents bought her a new 'big bike', but during lockdown she has utilised her one hour permitted exercise each day mainly for cycling.

To make a donation to Ivy's Ride 300 challenge and help support the work of the NSPCC visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ride300-ivybrax

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