Student prepares for 1000 mile bike ride challenge

Whilst many of us are looking forward to having a break and over the Easter holidays where the only challenge is to eat as much chocolate as possible, spare a thought for 12 year old Hannah Killick, one of our Bristol Youth Chamber Orchestra members, who is adding a new string to her bow (groan), by setting herself the challenge of  cycling 1000 miles.

Hannah – accompanied by her dad Adrian – will be taking on a feat of endurance that would prove too much for most grown-ups, riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats over 21 days, in order to raise money for United World Schools (UWS) and The Grand Appeal.

Hannah’s mum, Rachel Killick, who is Assistant Director of Music at Redmaids’ High and Conductor of the Bristol Junior String Orchestra will be driving the support vehicle for the challenge and is very proud of her daughter’s efforts.

“Hannah is determined to raise money for these two causes that are close to her heart. She is an incredibly passionate musician and The Grand Appeal will be putting any money that Hannah raises towards providing music therapy for children in hospital.

“The second charity – UWS – is one that Redmaids’ High has supported since 2011 when they funded the building of Jong School in north east Cambodia. Redmaids’ High continues to raise money for the school and next summer I will be visiting with about 20 students, so I’ll be able to see first-hand how they intend to spend the money Hannah raises.”

At the moment, Hannah is feeling both excited and apprehensive about the task ahead.

“My preparation is going ok; I’m trying to get out for rides whenever I can. I’m getting better at hills but am nervous about being able to keep on cycling every day for so many days in a row.”

But Hannah does have some experience to fall back on as this isn’t the first time she has taken on a hefty challenge. Hannah was just six when she raised over £2,000 for charity by riding 109 miles in three days from her home in Bristol to her grandparent’s house in Reading. Her passion for supporting others and her love of sport have been prevalent from a very young age.

“I know that thinking about the causes I am raising money for is going to really spur me on,” says Hannah, “and on about day five, I’ll be passing through Bristol and stopping in at school so having that support from my classmates will be amazing!”

Anyone who is able to offer support with bike maintenance, clothing or nutrition for Hannah’s ride can email her mum on 

Follow her journey on her blog

Support Hannah by making a donation to her chosen charities at

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