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A brave group of staff from Badminton School in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, led by Headmistress Rebecca Tear, are embarking on a 367-mile cycle ride in August, to raise awareness and vital funds for the work of the RNCF’s sister charity, The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation (SpringBoard).

Between Sunday 6 August and Sunday 13 August, Rebecca and her team will cycle from Framlingham College in Suffolk (the most Easterly School supported by SpringBoard) to Mount Kelly School in Devon (the charity’s most Westerly School). Along the way, the cyclists will stop overnight at five schools supported by the charity (St Edmunds College in Ware, Wycombe Abbey School, Warminster School, Taunton School). 

Members of The Bike Ride team include Rachel Macfarlane (Operations Manager at Badminton School), Richard Tear (Badminton School volunteer) and Chelsea Hayes from School Truck. Along the way, they will be accompanied by staff from the schools they visit during their 367-mile epic. The Bike Ride is sponsored by School Trunk, the school holiday storage company, and some kit to help identify the cyclists en route has been donated by Squadkit, the leading sportswear brand in Independent Schools. 

To sponsor Rebecca and the Bike Ride team, visit

Alternatively, anyone interested in joining the Bike Ride team should contact Rachel Macfarlane –

Rebecca Tear (pictured top left, alongside Rachel Macfarlane) says: “The aim of the Bike Ride is to raise awareness of the vital work SpringBoard delivers in schools like Badminton School. I see the difference their work makes day to day for young people and I want to do all I can to enable this.

“I am delighted that we end at Mount Kelly, where I went to school and who supported me through my Sixth Form with a scholarship and by offering a boarding space when it was much needed.”

Ian Davenport, Chief Executive of RNCF and The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation, says: “We are thrilled that Rebecca and her team will be tackling their Bike Ride in aid of our work. The funds they raise will help deeply disadvantaged children attend boarding school, where they will have the opportunity to achieve their true academic and personal potential. 

“We are currently facing a record demand for our help, so we are immensely grateful to Rebecca and her fellow riders for their support. The funds they raise will make a massive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children across the UK.”

The RNCF and SpringBoard help children who are deeply disadvantaged by their personal circumstances (through no fault of their own), by enabling them to attend state or independent boarding school. There, they receive a unique opportunity to fulfil their academic and personal potential. From September, the charity will support more than 600 disadvantaged children.