Riding high in memory

Life is a precious thing and it’s very easy to take it for granted. We all do most of the time and we’re all guilty of not making the most of every chance that comes our way.

Recently we heard about the tragic loss of a young boy due to a disease. At the age of just 15, a few weeks before his 16th birthday, Shaun Bagga lost his fight for life in a ward in Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital.

Shaun was a local lad and was a pupil at Finham Park School in Coventry and was loved by his friends and teachers. When we heard the loss we were deeply saddened, but we were equally amazed by the reaction from two of his friends; Ollie and Jack.

Ollie and Jack wanted to help people remember their friend Shun and they also wanted to raise money for Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital to thank them for the amazing care that they gave to Shaun in his last days.

A Coventry lad, Shaun supported a big football team and like most young boys around the world this team wore red. Yes, Shaun was a huge Manchester United fan. In honour of his memory and as a ‘doth of the cap’ to his chosen football team, which is over 100 miles away from the city, his two friends have decided on a fitting tribute.

Ollie and Jack are going to ride their bikes the huge distance from Coventry’s Ricoh arena to Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium! This would take a car well over an hour on the M6 route, and that’s not an option on a push-bike!

Having already raised their £4,000 target, we’re sure they’ll be raising more sponsorship money once they achieve this massive challenge.

We were proud to sponsor and support this amazing and fitting tribute to a boy full of life that was so cruelly taken from him and his family. We would like to congratulate Ollie and Jack on this incredible idea and also give a big round of applause to Finham Park School for their support too.

You can sponsor Ollie and Jack on their just giving page here . As we’re sure you’ll agree, Birmingham Children’s Hospital is an amazing charity to support.