A ‘wheelie’ kind-hearted boy has peddled his way to becoming this week’s charity champion after cycling 135 miles from coast-to-coast and raising over £1,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Spencer Fallows, an eager 11-year-old from Sutton Coldfield, wanted to challenge himself for charity and always knew it be for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. Although he’d only had a few minor outpatient appointments at the hospital himself, his nine-year-old sister Honor had to have an operation there when she broke her elbow two years ago.  During these few visits, seeing the other poorly children in the hospital really resonated with Spencer, and he wanted to do something to help them.

With the help of his dad Matt, Spencer planned an epic route to really push himself. Together, they started their tour in Whitehaven, Cubria on the east coast of England and began making their way across the country to Tynemouth, in Tyne and Wear, on the west coast.

Spencer cycled 135 miles over three days and although the weather was kind to him, the hills he encountered along the way meant the ride was tough.  As Spencer soldiered on, focusing on the reason he was cycling was enough motivation to push him to the finish line.

Spencer said: “Me and my little sister are lucky that we didn’t have to stay in the hospital long, but there are lots of children who are really poorly and have to stay for ages.

“I love riding my bike, so I thought if I cycled far enough I could raise money to help make the hospital less scary and more fun for the children. It was really hard, but when I felt I couldn’t carry on, I thought of the hospital and it helped me to the end. ”

Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “It’s so humbling to hear how even the briefest of experiences at our hospital inspire such passion and commitment from our supporters – no matter their age!

“Cycling 130 miles is quite a challenge for any grown up, so we’re very impressed by Spencer’s efforts and so grateful that he chose to take on the challenge for us. The £1,122 he raised will help create comfortable, safe and imaginative environments for our sick kids, and ensure they have the best possible hospital experience while they’re here.”