Staff and pupils at an East Lancashire school have completed a grueling 500 mile bike ride across the widest part of the country.

Six staff members and four pupils from Oakhill School and Nursery on Wisell Lane, Whalley, biked from Land’s End to Lowestoft in a bid to raise money for the North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) charity.

The challenge took eight days to complete and the team finished on Monday, July 18.

David Peel, a maths teacher who also took part in the challenge, said it was “tough” yet enjoyable.

He said: “It was brilliant and we really enjoyed it – but it was tough.

“We also had some really good weather for it and thankfully avoided the extreme heat warning.”

The pupils Oliver, Finlay, Charlie and Noah, who are aged between 14 and 16, impressed staff members and David said they “did really well” throughout the journey.

David said they took on the challenge to raise money for the charity.

Lancashire Telegraph: Six staff members and four pupils from Oakhill School and Nursery in Whalley.Six staff members and four pupils from Oakhill School and Nursery in Whalley.

This is after they saw the organisation’s life-saving work in action last year.

David said: “We wanted to raise money for the North West Air Ambulance after an incident which happened on our mountain bike ride in 2021.

“The NWAA came to help a lady who had fallen off her bike and was quite badly injured.”

David and the team have raised £1,658 so far but still hope to hit their target of £3,500 – the average cost of a call out for the air ambulance.

“The NWAA is charity funded and they need as much help as they can get,” said David.

“It’s a really vital and life-saving service.”

You can donate to the charity via David’s JustGiving page here