Schoolboy cycles from Land’s End to John O’Groats

Patrick Kiehlmann
Patrick Kiehlmann

An 11-year-old school boy who cycled the length of Britain for charity has been shortlisted for a major national award.

East Dunbartonshire youngster Patrick Kiehlmann is up for the ‘Unsung Hero’ category at the Young Scot Awards, which will be handed out at a glittering red carpet award ceremony on April 30 at the iconic Usher Hall, in Edinburgh.

Keen cyclist Patrick raised £5,000 for charity by pedalling all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The epic journey came after he had life threatening complications following appendicitis in 2012 and, while being treated in Glasgow’s Sick Children’s Hospital, he realised there were children who were worse off than him.

Patrick wanted to do something to say thanks for the care he received, so in 2014 he used his October school holiday to raise money for the hospital by cycling the length of Britain. Amazingly, he completed the 1011 mile challenge in just 11 days.

Patrick, a pupil at St Matthew’s Primary, in Bishopbriggs, has cycled to school almost every day from Primary 1 to 7 – around 400 miles a year.

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “The drive and passion of Scotland’s young people continues to inspire me year after year.

“Over the last few months we’ve received nominations from people the length and breadth of Scotland, all sharing stories of incredible young Scots making contributions to their communities every single day.

“Huge congratulations to all our young finalists.”