A local schoolgirl is one step closer to her goal of travelling on a charity expedition to Swaziland, after completing a coast-to-coast cycle challenge which won the support of Specsavers Belper. 

Anica Taylor, a 15-year-old student from St John Houghton School in Kirk Hallam, undertook the 104-mile cycle ride on Saturday 29 September, which included a climb of more than 1,700m. She was joined by her father and grandfather. 

Fundraising fun

Alongside other local businesses, friends and family, the store donated £300 towards her fundraising total. The funds raised by the cycle will be used by Anica for a charity mission with World Challenge to Africa in July 2019. She will be travelling to Swaziland to help at community care points, which care for orphaned children whose lives have been affected by HIV. This will include a building project to benefit the local community there.

A word from the store director 

‘We’re very impressed by the commitment and initiative shown by Anica in the pursuit of her fundraising goal,’ said Andy McBride, store director. ‘To have the drive to make a meaningful difference to the lives of those in need at such a young age is remarkable, and we wish her the best of luck with the project in Swaziland.’

‘It was such a tough challenge, but we did it!’ says Anica. ‘In total, we climbed the height of Ben Nevis. I slept for 12 hours solid afterwards, but it was worth it to have raised so much money. I’m now setting my sights on my trip in July.’

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