Ross has it licked!

Ross McDermott enjoys an ice cream after finishing a bike ride for sport relief
Ross McDermott enjoys an ice cream after finishing a bike ride for sport relief

Norristhorpe youngster Ross McDermott enjoyed a well-earned ice cream after raising over £300 for Sport Relief by completing a 10-mile bike ride.

The five-year-old did the challenge at the family’s caravan in Cumbria during the Easter holiday after watching John Bishop’s exploits for the charity and seeing how the money could be used to help pay for medicine and clean water for less fortunate children in Africa.

Ross was joined by father Andrew, while mother Natalie and sister Lois also did part of the ride before heading to the finishing line where, as promised, Ross was treated to his ice cream after completing the challenge in one hour 45 minutes.

Ross said: “It wasn’t too hard. I got a bit tired near the end but really wanted to keep going and make sure I raised as much money as I could. I feel really proud and hope I’ve helped lots of children.”

Andrew added: “We’re so proud of him for doing something so thoughtful at his age and would like to say a big thanks to everyone who donated and made it worthwhile.

“Two days later he also did a 10-mile walk up a nearby fell so we need to start thinking about what next year’s challenge might be.”