Chester girl awarded BCYA medallion
Erin Spray from Kelsall was honoured for their incredible efforts at the British Citizen Youth Awards ceremony held at the Palace of Westminster.
Now in its second year, the BCyA, in association with Specsavers, seeks to highlight the many acts of bravery, kindness and compassion carried out by young people across the UK.
Inspired by her 19-year-old cousin who suffers from anorexia, 11-year-old Erin decided to cycle the length of Britain from Lands’ End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the mental illness charity Young Minds.
Following several practice trips of around 50 miles, it took Erin three weeks to cycle the 1,200 miles all the way to the top of Scotland. She began her journey on 4 August in Lands’ End and completed it on 3 September, starting her new senior school the very next day.
She is one of the youngest people to complete the trip and has raised £5,400 for the charity, which is committed to improving the emotional and mental health of children and young people.
Erin's father, Chris Spray said: ‘Erin came up to me and said she wanted to do a cycle ride from Lands’ End to John O’Groats for charity to support her cousin. Normally I would have said you’re off your rocker but in the end we decided to do it together.'
'I’m part of British Cycling and what was lovely that lots of people heard about what we were doing through the website and decided to join us for parts of it or even put us up for the night, so we’ve been able to meet lots of new friends along the way.’
Receiving her medal
Julie Griffiths, store director of Specsavers Chester, said: ‘As a partner of the BCyA, it is always uplifting to hear about the amazing and selfless acts performed by youngsters both within our community and across the UK.'
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