A schoolboy will be passing through Bury in the next few weeks as part of his ‘Tramathon’.

Akiva Mann-Wineberg, aged 15, from Yavneh Boys School in Manchester, is aiming to take the trip to all 99 tram stops Greater Manchester in order to raise money for the Jewish Action for Mental Health charity.

Akiva said: “I absolutely love the Metrolink tram system in Manchester and it has been my ambition to do the ‘tram challenge’.

“I have spent ages plotting the routes so that it can all be done in a day.”

The journey is expected to take around 10 hours and Akiva is inviting people to sponsor him per stop with live updates on it is going throughout the day.

In Bury, he will be stopping in the town centre, Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich.

He said: "Everyone seems to do sponsored runs, so I thought I’d do something a bit different! I am hoping to raise £1000 for a mental health charity because mental health is such a big issue these days.

“So many young people have had their mental health affected by the pandemic and JAMH comes into schools and offers free counselling and therapy to Jewish young people as well as adults.!

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Kate Lurie, Project Manager of JAMH said, ‘We are always looking for innovative ways to raise funds for our small charity and hope that people will dig deep to help Akiva achieve his goal. Every penny he raises will go directly to fund counselling and therapy.’

Akiva’s Tram-athon will take place on Wednesday, July 27 for anyone in Bury wanting to keep an eye out or sponsor him.