Business leader of multi academy trust of 5000 students smashes cycle ride charity target 

Business leader of multi academy trust of 5000 students smashes cycle ride charity target 

By Jill Dando News

The business leader of a multi academy trust of 5000 students has smashed his cycle ride charity target.

Mark Antoine, the Chief Operations Officer of the The Priory Learning Trust has smashed his target by riding 30 miles to raise hundreds for a cancer charity.

Mark completed the 30 mile part of the Wedmore 40 30 charity cycle ride in Somerset.

He has already smashed his target for Weston Hospicecare, of which he is also a Trustee by raising nearly £500 - ahead of his £300 target.

He completed the 30 miles in 3 hours and 24 minutes, which included sheltering from a thunderstorm and torrential downpour.

Mark, 60, a former Navy Leader, started at Jill Dando’s former school of Worle Community School Academy at the same time the project started back in 2017.

He has since taken the business reins at The Priory Learning Trust which helps students to have a brilliant start in life from age 2 to 18 across their range of schools.

Mark said: 'I am really proud to have completed the ride in aid of such a great facility serving the locality. My sincere thanks to everyone who sponsored me and helped me raise £470 for this great cause.

“Thank you for all your support and kind donations on Just Giving. It really does mean a lot.”

Weston Hospicecare is an inspirational charity with a team of palliative care experts dedicated to working together to provide specialist support.

The social, emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical care helps guide people through one of the most difficult experiences they will ever face. With only 20% of their funding coming from the NHS, they have to raise £4 million each year to fund their care - something that's only made possible by our community.

To support the charity and Mark’s charity ride click

Jill Dando News has spread out from Worle Academy across TPLT, Somerset and even into Malawi. There have been hundreds of children aged 8 to 18 across the country trained to become Jill Dando Journalists for the Good News Post and wider Media.

Jill was a former student of Worle Academy and big supporter and patron of Weston Hospicecare, and rose to become Britain’s best journalist and remained kind, humble and brilliant, despite her fame.

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