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Sheffield school governor’s 225 mile challenge

Claire Matthews and husband Jan are encouraged by pupils from Charnock Hall Primary School

Claire Matthews and husband Jan are encouraged by pupils from Charnock Hall Primary School

A Sheffield school’s chair of governors is taking on the challenge of a lifetime by cycling 225 miles – even though she is blind.

Claire Matthews will be riding from her home town of Southampton to Sheffield on the back of a tandem with her husband Yann.

She is stepping down from her role at Charnock Hall Primary, Charnock, and wants to raise money for the school as a parting gift.

Claire, aged 49, said the journey next month should take four days, and she is currently in training.

“This is my farewell to the school, as I felt I really wanted to give something back,” she said.

“It’s a good school with really nice kids and we encourage the children to be the best that they can be, no matter what their special talent is.”

Claire said she’d never taken on anything so challenging before - though she does go out riding with Yann regularly.

“I’ve already asked the kids how we might spend the money that is raised and they have chosen new playground and sports equipment, though if it turns out to be a substantial sum I’d like to improve some of the IT equipment in the school.”

Claire, who works as an equality and diversity consultant, first came to Sheffield in 1988 and has been chair of governors at Charnock since 2005.

“Sheffield and Southampton both mean a lot to me - I still have a lot of ties there, both family and football as I am a Southampton season ticket holder and try to get to at least half the games each season.”

Vice chair of governors Kevin Hazlehurst said it is hoped the ride will produce a great legacy marking Claire’s years of service.

n See www.charnockhall.sheffield.sch.uk/category/news for more details about the challenge.

 

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