SEVEN was a lucky number for a team of cycling-mad fundraisers – who raised more than £3,000 taking on a gruelling 142-mile challenge.

Last month 16-year-old Milo Saunders and proud dad Dave took on the epic three-day mission of cycling from Whitehaven to Tynemouth with five other friends.

The sponsored ride was in aid of Ear 4 Kidz, a Bolton family group which aims to reduce the isolation of children in the borough who are deaf and have hearing impairments.

Milo, who has just finished year 11 at Thornton Salesian College, was diagnosed with severe hearing loss as a toddler and wears two hearing aids.

Most of the team who took on the coast to coast ride are involved with Ear 4 Kidz and have children with hearing impairments.

Mr Saunders, of Bramley Road, Sharples, said: “We completed the ride in three days, covering a total of 142 miles.

“It was hard going in a place or two as the hills were quite steep, but I am pleased to say we all finished together and have raised more than £3,000 so far.

“Milo hit a top speed of almost 50mph.”

Mr Saunders, who is an Ear 4 Kidz trustee, said the social opportunities Ear 4 Kidz offers has been a lifeline.

He added: “The money we have raised will go straight back into Ear 4 Kidz. Its impact is amazing.

“It is the social side of Ear 4 Kidz that Milo has really benefitted from.

“It helps children with similar conditions feel at ease mixing with each other and make friends.”

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