TWO schoolboys have had a ‘wheelie’ good time raising money for a vital county service... on unicycles.

Ebon and Ansel Parkin covered more than 100 miles on just one wheel in aid of the East Lothian Foodbank.

The siblings are no strangers to raising money for charity but swapped two wheels for one on this occasion.

Dad Dan joined them on the one-wheeled bike and proud mum Kirsty said: “Yesterday was the first time I have gone out with them, with me on a normal bike.

“It has been a joy to go with them and cycle past people who look and go ‘oh my goodness’, then they realise it is a boy on a unicycle.

“Then they realise it is two boys on unicycles and they just smile or say something nice to them or ‘well done’.”

Two years ago, the brothers, along with their dad and family friend Davy Scott, cycled (on two wheels each) 100 miles from Clydebank, west of Glasgow, back to their home in Dunbar in aid of The Wave Project.

They raised more than £600 for the charity, which aims to use surfing to change lives.

Ebon (13) and Ansel (11) were keen to take on another fundraising challenge and, having taken up unicycling three years ago, decided to match their 100 miles once again.

The challenge was broken down into five-mile sections around their hometown.

The brothers decided to do it in aid of the East Lothian Foodbank, which has come under pressure during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kirsty added: “They were trying to think of something local that would benefit during the lockdown.”

May 18 set the wheels in motion, with the brothers pedalling their way round Dunbar and completing the challenge in just nine days.

Together, they covered 105.45 miles and raised £541.56 for the Tranent-based charity, which offers three days of nutritionally balanced emergency food and support.

Candace Higgins, from East Lothian Foodbank, congratulated Ebon, who attends Dunbar Grammar School, and Ansel, who is at the town’s primary school.

She said: “Not only have they raised money for us, which is so selfless and kind, but they’ve been so inventive with their fundraising!”

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