Teenage unicyclist rides from coast to coast for Water Aid - The Leamington Observer

Teenage unicyclist rides from coast to coast for Water Aid

A UNICYCLIST rode from coast to coast to pump funds for international charity Water Aid.

Warwick School pupil Rowan Butler started riding a unicycle when he was just seven.

Along with learning various tricks, he took to riding on tracks around the Malvern Hills.

The 13-year-old recently took on the popular ‘coast to coast’ route, journeying 200km from Whitehaven in Cumbria, crossing the Lake District and Pennines, and finishing in Newcastle.

The journey took four days, during which Rowan rode along railway tracks accompanied by his family, who were on two wheeled bikes.

He said: “A few others have done this on one wheel and I thought I could do it to raise money for charity.

“I chose to support Water Aid because so many people need fresh clean water and I worked out that if I could raise £700 that would pay for a brand new tap to bring clean water to an African village.”

Rowan applied for a Personal Achievement Award through the Friends of Warwick School association and was ‘delighted’ to receive a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation.

He added: “Not only am I incredibly grateful to Warwick School for helping me but also to my family and friends who have continually supported me, following me across the route, feeding me and cycling with me along the way.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rowan-butler to donate to Rowan’s cause.


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