Pair push on for Spoon

SCHOOL staff are gearing up to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Thornhill Community Science College caretaker Mark Ainger is joining teacher Brian Elsegood to raise money for Wooden Spoon, which supports disadvantaged and disabled children.

Starting on Saturday, the pair will spend a week cycling the 874 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

They will be joined by cyclists from all over the country who are taking part in Wooden Spoon’s End to End challenge.

The pair have already reached their target of £9,000 with the fundraising they have done already, but are on the lookout for more donations.

Mr Elsegood, who teaches at Headfield Junior School in Savile Town and lives in Birkenshaw, said his school raised £1,500 for the charity in July.

He said: “I got involved with Wooden Spoon about four years ago when I did their four peaks challenge.

“It’s fantastic charity and I enjoy the challenge side of it.”

The duo were due to be joined by the headteacher at St Chad’s Primary School in Brighouse, Graeme Genty, but he now has to stay at home with an injury.

He was recently knocked off his bike and broke his left leg and shoulder.

He said: “I’m desperately gutted because it was me that got the other two involved, so I’m absolutely devastated.

“But I’m first on the list for next year’s challenge.”