Friday, 24 September 2021

Nomad cycle ride raises £3,000

A 100KM bike ride in aid of a Henley charity raised about £3,000 and could become an annual event

A 100KM bike ride in aid of a Henley charity raised about £3,000 and could become an annual event.

Twenty-five riders set off from Henley town hall on Saturday and rode through the South Oxfordshire countryside, including Christmas Common, Ewelme, Nettlebed and Stoke Row, twice during the day.

They were raising money for youth and community group Nomad, which is based at the d:two centre in Upper Market Place.

Each cyclist raised £100 with other donations on top of this. Chris Ward, a member of Nomad?s advisory group and an experienced cyclist, said: ?Everybody did the ride in the morning when it was a bit showery and a handful of people didn?t ride in the afternoon for various reasons. The feedback from everybody that participated was fantastic.

?Nomad has been quite an understated charity in Henley. I got involved a couple of years ago and joined the board with a view to helping with fund-raising and raising awareness. There are people in Henley who go under the radar and that?s who Nomad helps. It needs about £125,000 a year to keep going.?

Tim Prior, Nomad?s youth and family team manager, who took part in the ride, added: ?It was a fantastic day, really good fun.

?It was the first time we have ever done an event like it at Nomad.

?We have earmarked the money to go towards our adult learning programme, where they get one-to-one tuition in English and maths.?

Mr Prior thanked volunteers who helped at the water stations and with the registration process.

The event was sponsored by Mr Ward?s company Ward Connections and estate agents Ballards.

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