Last updated: 17.10.16

Saddle sore Sam in cycle marathon to support Keighley Sea Cadets

Virtual College’s Sam Havers has been sponsored on a gruelling bike ride to raise funds for Keighley Sea Cadets.

On 12th and 13th August, Sam cycled the 127 miles from Leeds to Liverpool along the canal towpath.

Sam works as an instructional designer at online learning company, Virtual College, but in her spare time she volunteers as an instructor with the Keighley Sea Cadet unit.

The money raised will help to provide the cadets with life changing and character building experiences such as going to sea, learning to sail and kayak and taking part in adventure training - all of which help to build their confidence and self-esteem.

They also have the opportunity to gain accredited qualifications, improve their health and lifestyles and increase their potential in life.

“The challenge was great fun, and I wasn’t as sore as I expected following it,” commented Sam.

“I’m now putting plans into place to kayak the return journey sometime in the future!”


Virtual College won the prestigious ‘E-learning development company of the year 2015/16’ in the independently-judged global awards. Virtual College has developed into one of the UK's leading providers of total solutions within the e-learning arena. Its key objective is to help enhance the traditional learning solution through the careful integration of technology.

Founded in 1995, today Virtual College has over 2 million registered online learners and this is growing at a rate of over 1,500 a day, across both public and private sectors. The company has developed a comprehensive product range, including over 300 online courses, accessed via the company's own Learning Management System, as well as offering a complete content design and development service.

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