Student’s story leads to sponsorship

New College Pontefract student, Thomas Goodall, who took up cycling to help with his epilepsy symptoms, has now found sponsorship with homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey.

The firm approached the college after reading Tom’s story, and have donated him the sum of £500 towards a new bike and cycling apparel.

On receiving the money Tom said, “It’s so good to see big businesses helping people within the local community! Cycling means so much to me. Not only do I associate riding my bike with keeping my epilepsy under control, I’ve always found that exercise is the best way to channel any negativity or frustration. Cycling has had a really positive impact on my life and more recently, it’s even allowed me to help others by raising money and donating to charity.”

Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, James Poynor, was quoted as saying, “As a homebuilder, we always aim to help the communities in which we build flourish and Tom is a shining example of the kind of person we want to support. We wish him all the success with cycling as both his hobby and treatment.”

Gareth Dodson, Marketing Manager of the New Collaborative Learning Trust, which operates New College Pontefract, commented: “It’s fantastic to see a large company reaching out to local young people. Tom has found a hobby that has had a transformative effect on his life and this donation will allow him to pursue his love for cycling further.”

Thomas with his bike at Colliers Court, with a representative from Taylor Wimpy Yorkshire