TWO tenacious children who set out on a 100km charity cycle ride to give those in need a better Easter have smashed their target, raising £695 for the Coventry Foodbank and collecting 330 chocolate eggs.
Elias, six, and Irah, four, rode 5km from their home to Coventry War Memorial Park 20 times this month while mum Natasha ran alongside.
The challenge – part of Coventry Foodbank’s Easter egg appeal – faced a setback when Elias’ bike was stolen.
A crowdfunding drive to get him a new one but then the police recovered his stolen bike and, with permission, the £395 collected through a GoFundMe page boosted the foodbanks coffers further.
Elias said he was glad lots more children would receive an Easter egg.
“I love cycling but it was hard going out every day but we did get a rest on Fridays.
“I was sad when my bike got stolen, but luckily it was found and we could finish our challenge.”
Coventry Foodbank manager Hugh McNeill said: “What Elias and Irah have shown through their commitment to take up this challenge is such an inspiration. “They have rallied our community here in Coventry, who have really got behind them and donated an additional 2,400 Easter eggs, with more arriving daily.
“The pandemic has impacted us all – but those living in or near the poverty line have been disproportionately impacted.
“The small gift of an Easter egg will bring such hope to families in crisis. Thank you Coventry.”
Mum Natasha said it was wonderful how the local community, police – who also raised extra funds as well as finding the bike – came together and showed ‘true community spirit’.
Visit feedthehungry.org.uk/act/ for more on Coventry Foodbank, Feed The Hungry and how to get involved.