BMXer Inspires Student Fundraising

A Leicestershire school is embarking on an epic adventure to raise money for The Children’s Trust: For Children with Brain Injury after being inspired by the story of BMXer Jamie McKechnie.

In 2011 Jamie was the victim of a one punch assault on the streets of South London suffering a life changing traumatic brain injury. He spent a year in neuro-rehab starting the road to recovery which will continue for the rest of his life. Recently, he celebrated being able to sit on and ride his beloved BMX bike.

Inspired by Jamie’s story and how one punch can change someone’s life forever, Gartree High School's Deputy Headteacher Ben Rackley, led an assembly sharing Jamie’s story with students. Ben says: “Jamie’s story impacted us all despite not knowing him. We decided to plan a charity cycle ride to Paris and raise money for The Children’s Trust.

“Students will cycle in relays from London to Paris over the course of three days completing 10 mile segments as part of a team. We hope that each student taking part is able to raise a minimum of £250 and, of course, anyone wishing to support us from the wider community including our business community would be very welcome indeed.”

The ride starts on September 22 with students returning to Leicester on September 24 and, to date, 20 students have signed up together with two parents. Ben adds: “It’s my hope that taking part in this challenge and positively impacting children with brain injuries will help our students, as well as other children and young people, think twice before acting in haste or in violence.

"Jamie’s story demonstrates how quickly a person’s life can be turned upside down, not to mention the lives of his family and friends. Jamie’s love of BMXing together with his story has inspired us to undertake this tough cycling challenge and I couldn’t be more proud of the students who have already signed-up to take part.”

To support and sponsor Gartree High School’s London to Paris cycle ride visit their Just Giving page.