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Alun School pupils bring Chronicle appeal a step closer to target

THE Flintshire Chronicle’s Peter McFerran appeal is a step closer to reaching its target after receiving a boost from energetic Alun School pupils.

In total, 60 sixth formers from the school took part in a sponsored Bikeathon, cycling more than 200km in six hours.

Teams from Years 12 and 13 competed against each other on two exercise bikes positioned in the reception, each averaging around five cyclists an hour.

The event was in aid of The Peter McFerran Appeal which is aiming to raise £15,000 for an incubator at the special care baby unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital in memory of Peter, 24.

The senior aircraftsman from Connah’s Quay was killed in Iraq last year. He spent time in an incubator as a baby after being born prematurely.

So far, £400 has been raised by the Bikeathon, with more expected to come in over the next few days.

Students from the rest of the school paid a pound each to bet on the overall distance travelled by the cyclists, with the winner receiving an ipod Shuffle.

Staff member Joan Shorthouse said: "It was a very busy day, and everyone was very supportive.

"There was a continuous crowd around the cyclists from 9am until closing time at 3.15pm.

"Everyone was surprised that the students cycled so far, but we’re all very proud of them."

To date the appeal has raised more than £9,180, with funds from the charity dinner at Deeside College on November 28 still to be added.