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to fly home early and mum cycling into a post, the challenge was tough and included a 92-mile cycle in one day. Julie added: “Charlie was really spurred on the first difficult day by the message from Sir Hoy and also knowing that children the world over are dying of starvation yet our challenge would be over in a month.” However, the friendliness of the people was another wonderful incentive with people letting t hem camp in their gardens, giving up their beds, allowing them to stay in their garages and printing leaflets so others would understand what they were doing. Julie said: “One family, unbeknown to us until the morning gave us their beds after learning of the charity and our mission – such beautiful acts. We met one girl in the morning and we told her what we were doing. She went home and shared our mission after checking it out on the internet and later her and her father came looking for us at about 8pm that night when we were looking for somewhere safe to pitch our tents. They took us back to their home, gave us a barbecue with their lovely family and a warm, cozy bedroom followed by a great breakfast the next morning before we set off again. The generosity of people amazed all of us.” Charlie will continue to raise money for the charity and the £3,000 raised through this summer’s trip to Poland means Charlie’s lifetime total has reached a staggering £45,000. and they should, in theory, be sad because they have so little but they’re so happy and I love the message of hope that Mary’s Meals gives these children Julie said: “The cycle to Poland was a massive achievement especially for Charlie as he had been quite poorly for some time during the spring and only finished his last dose of tablets the day before we set off. It really was a case of listening to our bodies and doing what we could. Charlie’s uncle Bunny has metal plates in his legs from a motorcycle accident ten years ago and the hills in Germany proved too much. “Just recently when Charlie was talking to some young people about his charity challenges, I heard him say ‘I don’t do the difficult ones to impress people but to get their attention and to impress upon them how simple it is to take away the hunger pains of a child that did not choose to be born into such poverty. “Charlie and Ania stayed up front the whole way and I think Charlie’s biggest achievement was being the only one to cycle up Oppach Mountain but overall he did very well to cycle 1,250 miles with three females – he deserves a medal for that one! Both the teenagers were brilliant and a real inspiration to me when the tough got going. Anyone wishing to donate to Charlie’s ongoing charity efforts, should visit www.justgiving.com/charliedoherty By Neil Sorrell Sir Chris Hoy sent Charlie a good luck message which he stuck to his handlebars, it was this, Charlie said, kept him going. There were a few injuries along the way with uncle Bunny having 87