Ex-Emerson Park pupil to cycle breadth of Australia

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 February 2015

Lads, from left, Sam Wadsworth, Barry Synott, Stephen Potter and Robin Nicholls. Picture: Lads for a Cause

Lads, from left, Sam Wadsworth, Barry Synott, Stephen Potter and Robin Nicholls. Picture: Lads for a Cause


A former Recorder paper boy is set to cycle the breadth of Australia for charity.

Robin Nicholls, 31, who grew up in Hornchurch and lives in Sydney, Australia, is planning to cycle more than 2,500 miles and raise money for UK children’s charity WellChild and Sydney-based children’s hospital Westmead.

The fitness enthusiast, who works in finance, will cycle through the country’s harsh deserts, entering snake and kangaroo country, with his three friends who are joining him after starting their campaign Lads for a Cause.

The idea came after the group went on a Sunday cycle and they decided they wanted to give back to “charities which don’t always get the limelight”.

Former Emerson Park pupil Robin said: “We’re all at that age where we wanted to get together to do something meaningful.

“I do a lot of triathlon events and things like that but I wanted to do something outrageous.”

The Lads’ epic journey in April will involve about eight hours of cycling a day for about 21 days.

The team will travel from Perth in the west and finish in Sydney in the east.

The former Havering Sixth Form student said: “My family love the idea – they think I’m crazy, but they’re so supportive back in Hornchurch. They’ve been helping with the fundraising too.”

The campaign has already raised about $10,000 for WellChild and about $4,500 for Westmead.

Robin, who has been in the gym preparing, said: “WellChild do great work back home and it would be great to donate to them – they’ve even sent us cycling jerseys.”

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