Weymouth schoolboy raises £700 for charity in shopping trolley fitness challenge

WELL DONE: All Saint’s School pupil Lewis Taylor with year 10 pupils cheering his arrival at the school after his long push

WELL DONE: All Saint’s School pupil Lewis Taylor with year 10 pupils cheering his arrival at the school after his long push

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A WEYMOUTH schoolboy has raised £700 by pushing a 100kg shopping trolley nearly 13 miles.

Lewis Taylor, 14, is hoping to raise even more to hit his £1,000 target in the next couple of weeks.

Lewis pushed a shopping trolley, donated by supermarket Morrison’s, laden with two 20kg tyres and 60kg in weights on the endurance challenge.

He pushed it a total of 12.8 miles from Littlemoor to All Saints School at Wyke Regis and home again for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

A school assembly inspired Lewis to do the charity feat after Weldmar’s child support worker, Jo Sharkey, gave students an insight into the work they do. Spurred on by family and friends Lewis complete the challenge in two parts.

He was greeted by cheering crowds at All Saints School after he completed the first half of the challenge.

Lewis, who is hoping to become a personal trainer, said the toughest bit was the return journey as it was ‘much more hilly’.

He said: “The toughest bit was the hill before Boot Hill.”

Another challenge was controlling the trolley going down the hills, Lewis said: “I ended up knocking down a few of the bins.

“But I picked them up again.”

Bradley Webb joined Lewis on the challenge route and is creating a video of the fundraiser.

Lewis said: “Coming into town was the best bit. People were honking their horns and cheering.”

People also donated as Lewis went through Weymouth. He said he and the trolley pushing team were playing different games as they did the challenge, seeing who could get the most cheers from passing motorists and ‘spreading a bit of happiness’ by giving passers by fist bumps as a mark of respect.

Lewis said he got through the challenge well and only had a few aches and pains afterwards.

Earlier this year Lewis was involved in a tyre dragging challenge, in support of the RNLI and hopes to go on and organise future events.

He said: “I would like to do one charity event a year for the rest of my life.”

Lewis wanted to say a special thank you to everyone that had supported him.

He said: “I’d just say a massive thank you to everyone that’s supported me and sponsored me. It’s made a big difference.”

You can still help Lewis to reach his £1,000 goal by donating online at www.justgiving.com/Lewis-Taylor1.

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