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Pedal power raises £200 for Kenyan school

Students and tutors at a youth support charity in Aberdare have cycled over 6,000 miles to raise £200 for children at a Kenyan school.

Throughout November and December young people and staff from Rathbone jumped on exercise bikes to cover the distance between Aberdare and a school funded by the Lighthouse of God Ministries charity, in the Kibera Slum, in Nairobi.

The challenge was completed a week before Christmas and the money raised was presented to Pastor, Michelle Warren, the senior director, trustee, and founder of Lighthouse of God Ministries.


The money was used to buy presents and food for over 600 children at the school which Michelle made the trip to deliver herself just in time for Christmas.


“We’re absolutely delighted to have completed this this epic cycle journey to raise money for a fantastic cause.  A big thank you to all the young people, colleagues and who took part, without their support getting through the challenge wouldn’t have been possible,” said Maria Ysart, a tutor from Rathbone Aberdare, who helped to co-ordinate the challenge.

As well as gaining sponsorship from friends, family and the public, Rathbone also gained support from Breeze’s Gym in Aberdare, whose group spinning classes contributed towards the mileage and accepted donations.

Rathbone’s centre in Cardiff also took to their bikes to help rack up the miles.


“We really appreciate all Rathbone’s support.  We had a challenging but rewarding Christmas delivering the items to Kibera but it was well worth it all to see the children. Amongst the presents we gave to over 600 children were stickers, sweets and food bags, it was a great experience,” said Michelle Warren.


For more details on the Lighthouse of God Ministries project visit


Rathbone has 11 centres across Wales and 36 other centres in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland which supported almost 11,000 young people last year.


More information on Rathbone can found at