A TEACHER is using pedal power to support his pupil’s battle with cancer.
Tom Lewis, who teaches at Capenhurst CE Primary School, is cycling more than 700 miles across France to raise money for Leukaemia Research.
He said: “For the last year I have been teaching Gemma Warden who is being treated for leukaemia. Gemma is nine years old, a great artist and scientist who has a great sense of humour.
“Recently the mother of another pupil in my school was diagnosed with leukaemia too.
“I felt so touched by the plight of these families that I wanted to do this bike ride.”
Tom and four friends boarded the ferry to France on Saturday to cycle from St Malo in Northern France to Bilbao in Spain.
Gemma, of Capenhurst, said: “I think it is great Mr Lewis is cycling to raise money for charity.”
Gemma’s father Tony said: “It is very humbling to receive such support.
“As well as Tom the support from whole school has been awesome and it has helped us at this difficult time.
“The charity needs all the help it can get and the more people that help the better.”
Support Tom’s ride at www.justgiving.com/letsbeatfrance.