Young legs take up 342 mile challenge

Year 5 pupils at Cheddar Grove Primary, Bedminster Down will be taking up a 342 mile walking challenge to raise at least £342 for new Bristol-based charity, The Transplant Association.

Year 5 at Cheddar Grove Primary complete their 342 challenge for Team Mash

Year 5 at Cheddar Grove Primary complete their 342 challenge for Team Mash

Founder Kevin Mashford met pupils in school recently to explain why he set up the charity and will be setting off on his own 342 mile cycling challenge from Bristol to Newcastle on Friday 17th July.

Now pupils are completing their own sponsored walk from Flax Bourton to Ashton Court. If each child completes the walk they will cover 342 miles between them. Along the walk they will visit primary schools in Flax Bourton and Long Ashton to share the story.

Cheddar Grove headteacher Paul Jeffery will be joining Kevin and 50 other cyclists to complete the cycle to the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle where Kevin received a life-saving heart transplant.

Year 5 teacher Steve Taylor said:

“Organ donation is a difficult and emotive subject to explain to children. As a school we’ve been inspired by Kevin’s story and his quest to raise funds to aid more people to receive the right organs at the right time.

“Since Kevin came into school and met the children the fundraising has stepped up a gear. Knowing that he’ll be at the end of their walk with his bike will help them all reach the finish.”

Councillor Brenda Massey, Assistant Mayor for People with responsibility for Education and Skills, said:

“I’m very much looking forward to meeting the pupils at the end of the fundraising walk, which is for such a good cause.

“Walking the six miles from Flax Bourton to Ashton Court is no mean feat, and I’m impressed by the children’s commitment and their efforts in completing the challenge set by Kevin Mashford.

“Walking is a wonderful way to keep fit, helping to ensure our children and young people lay solid foundations for a happy and healthy life.”

Kevin’s story recently inspired Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans to join the organ donor register.

Kevin Mashford said:

"We are in a shocking position in this country where one in three people dies waiting for an organ transplant. I was one of the lucky ones. I would urge everyone to join the organ donation register and tell their next of kin what they want to happen when they pass. My donor did and his family allowed it to happen. Not a day passes without me thanking them and thinking about them."

Notes for Editors

For more information about the Transplant Association and the cycling challenge visit

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