A group of 24 Pembroke students have completed a gruelling 85-mile bike ride between Oxford and Cambridge to raise money to allow a refugee to study for an MPhil at Cambridge University.
The group has thus far raised £5,368 on a JustGiving page for their event, which took them between nine and ten hours to complete in inhospitable weather, and donations continue to flow in. The page attracted individual donations ranging from £5 to £100. A further £1,893.32 has been contributed from elsewhere, raising their total to £7231.32, more than £1,000 in excess of what is required to provide one studentship.
They cycled from St Martin’s Church in Carfax to Cambridge’s St Mary’s Church. Despite a handful of mishaps, including a slipped chain, one fall, and a puncture, every rider was able to reach the final destination.
On its Facebook page, Pembroke College praised its students’ “amazing feat”. Many donors also left messages of support, calling it “brilliant work” and “a great cause”. One of the participants, PhD student Annie Thwaite, urged the other colleges of Cambridge to organise their own events, saying “If we could get all the 31 colleges involved in it, it would be amazing.”