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    On Sunday 17th July, six members of the 11+ Swot team & one worm took on the mighty task of cycling 52 miles from London to Southend. Luke Whittington, the team's mobile application developer drew the short straw, having to cycle the entire route in the 11+ revision mascot outfit.

    Despite three punctures, gear failures, getting lost and some terrible weather, the team completed the course in just under 9 hours. Gary Fenn (Project Manager) explained "We were unfortunate that the punctures happened so early (6 miles). By the time we fixed the bike we were so far behind everybody else that it felt like we were the only people in the race" Overall, the ride was a huge success with the worm managing to stay on his bike throughout.

    So far, the team have raised over £500 and are holding more events in the coming weeks to raise more money for Farleigh Hospice.

    Watch the a video of the worm in action at 

    To donate to the team and support Farleigh Hospice, visit

    Farleigh Hospice offer support to individuals and families of those with life limiting illnesses in the mid Essex area. They can support more than 1,100 people at any one time, relying solely on donations and sponsors to fund the organisation.

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    If you're following us on facebook or twitter you will already have seen our 11+ Swot mascot (the worm) come to life thanks to our friends at JellyHead3D.We thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to the man behind the 52 mile charity bike ride & the worm costume;

    Name: Luke Whittington


    Occupation: Mobile Developer

    Education: First Class Honours - University of Essex

    Hobbies: Badminton, Photography & Socialising

    Why Farleigh Hospice?: I've had various family members require the need to visit a hospice, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that the work which takes place in a hospice is absolutely amazing. Without the love and care provided, I know that the situations my family members were in would have been a lot worse. Farleigh Hospice is funded by donations in the local community, so if we can help this service continue, then it's the least we can do!

    Why Did You Volunteer To Be The Worm?: How many people can say they have cycled 52 miles dressed as a giant green worm? Besides bragging rights, it's for a great cause and it's usually something outrageous like this that'll get people to donate money to charity (which is a different story altogether). The more money we raise for Farleigh the better.

    Did you know: I passed my 11+ exam and was offered grammar school entry some 10 years ago.

    You can donate to this fantastic cause by visiting our JustGiving page.

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