Jenni’s coast to coast cash aim

Jenni Lees prepares for her charity effort
Jenni Lees prepares for her charity effort
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A Fylde student is aiming to provide a four-figure cash boost for an international development charity with a cross-country trek by mountain bike.

Jenni Lees, 20, from St Annes, will be cycling from Hull to Lytham over three days from May 29 – and has set a target of £1,640, which equates to £10 for every mile of the trip.

She is already well on the way to the target, with around £1,000 pledged so far by sponsors.

The ride, on which she will be supported by mum and dad Janet and John, comes ahead of an expedition to Borneo to volunteer for Raleigh, a sustainable development charity which challenges volunteers to work with communities in poverty.

Jenni, a former student of King Edward and Queen Mary School who is now in the second year of an English course at Sheffield University, will be tackling the 164-mile trek over bridleways, towpaths and marked trails

“I thought it would be a really good way to raise funds for a charity which is so important,” said Jenni, a real charity champion who has previously worked as a volunteer for Days of Sunshine and Cancer Research at their shops in St Annes.

She was inspired to tackle her test of endurance by her previous charity efforts and by the memory of a similar experience while still studying at KEQMS.

She completed her Duke of Edinburgh gold award by undertaking a four-day trekking expedition in Skye.

Jenni, who aims to finish her charity ride at Lytham Green on May 31, has been backed by Pemberton’s Dairies, who are supplying yoghurts, juice and even jelly baby sweets, while a tea party and cake sale at Newfield Lodge care home raised £150.

“Thanks to everyone for their support – they have been so generous,” added Jenni.

Anyone who can help with sponsorship can contact Jenni on 07787 404559 or