Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Charity bike ride raises thousands

A MOUNTAIN bike challenge the started and finished in Henley raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Seventy-two people took part in the 23-mile ride in the Chilterns and along the Thames on Saturday.

The riders raised more than £18,000 for Pursuing Independent Paths, a London charity which supports adults with learning disabilities.

Bill Feeney, who runs PIP and organised the ride, said: “This was an absolutely massive result for us. Last year we had 42 riders and raised £13,000 so there was a big increase in donations.

“We rely on individuals to collect sponsorship and there was a really strong community spirit throughout the day.”

The third annual event set off and finished outside the Lovibonds Brewery in Greys Road car park.

Forty volunteers from the charity helped out and family and friends cheered on the riders.

Mr Feeney, of Queen Street, Henley, said: “We are really grateful for the community spirit and everybody who played a part in making the event a success.”

An event was held at the brewery after the ride with music by the Tom Mitchell Trio, a raffle and food donated by local businesses.

Badgemore Primary School, where Mr Feeney is a governor, also got involved by holding a sponsored bike and scooter ride around the school playground on Friday.

The whole school took part, completing 23 miles between them.

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