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Sheffield professor raises funds with Tour de France ride

Sheffield Hallam University's vice chancellor Professor Philip Jones with members of the cycling team

Sheffield Hallam University's vice chancellor Professor Philip Jones with members of the cycling team

A lasting legacy from the Tour de France will give youngsters who have been in care the chance to study at university.

Sheffield Hallam University is launching a new fund for care leavers as it has one of the highest numbers of students who have been in care .

And money will be placed into the pot thanks to efforts by its vice chancellor, Profesor Philip Jones, who is cycling the entire Stage Two of the Grand Depart from York to Sheffield in a charity ride..

The keen cyclist said: “The challenges facing care leavers entering education are significant and varied, and while we do all we can to help them - through specialised advice and scholarships - demand outstrips supply and we receive more scholarship applications than we can award.

“We want to change this situation and ensure a higher number of care leavers can get the financial support they need to join us and transform their lives

“We also want our support for the Tour de France to have a lasting legacy for our students and the local community.”

The university’s cycling team will join the vice chancellor as he sets off on the 200km ride on June 29.

Money raised will boost Marie Curie Cancer Care - the official charity of the Tour - as well as disadvantaged youngsters.

Sheffield Hallam is an official sponsor of the Grand Depart.

Professor Jones added: “I am very excited about taking part in this charity ride.

“I’m a keen cyclist but this is a real challenge - it’s the kind of distance that I’d normally cover in three to four days.”

 

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