Patrick’s wheely good fundraiser

Patrick Kiehlmann
Patrick Kiehlmann

For most 11-year-olds their idea of exercise involves a quick run around a football field or a fun-filled dance class.

But keen cyclist Patrick Kiehlmann took his hobby to a whole new level when he cycled the length of Britain to raise money for Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

Patrick (11), a pupil at St Matthew’s in Bishopbriggs completed the Land’s End to John O’Groats (LeJog) journey cycling over 1000 miles in just 11 days. He says he wanted to give something back to Yorkhill Hospital, which saved his life.

Patrick said: ‘‘The charity means a lot to me. I am pleased to do them a favour after being treated there.’’

Three years ago Patrick developed complications after appendicitis and had to be rushed back into hospital for emergency surgery. Now back to full fitness, Patrick dreamt up the idea of the charity cycle himself, and persuaded dad Mark (47), a keen cyclist who has set up ED Cycling Cooperative, to take part.

The support team from Land’s End to Carlisle was Willie Baird from Milton of Campsie, and from Carlisle to John O’Groats the support team was Patrick’s mum Rose Ann Kiehlmann.

Both parents are thrilled with his effort, as are cycling siblings Beatrix, aged nine, and seven-year-old James, who have yet to take on such a giant challenge.

Mark said: ‘‘The most satisfying thing as a parents is that it was his idea to do it and as parents we helped him to achieve his dream.’’

And he said that Patrick coped with the physical challenge better than he did, often up at 5am ready for the day ahead.

Patrick’s Just Giving page is currently showing £3380 in donations, smashing the £1000 target he set himself, but by the time cash donations and gift aid are added on it will be over £4000.

He’s now been invited by cyclist Mark Beaumont to take part in a virtual LeJog in aid of the STV Appeal.