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By Heart of England Mencap, Jun 27 2017 10:39AM


PEDAL power was in full gear at the weekend when cyclists took on the very first ‘Ride for Bikes Hilly Challenge’ to raise money for Heart of England Mencap.


Thirty cyclists took part in the event – a challenging 60km ride around Warwickshire and the Cotswolds – on Sunday (June 25th).


They have helped raise £1,000 for Heart of England Mencap, to extend its fleet of adapted bikes to allow local people with learning disabilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling too.


The event started and finished at Meon Vale Leisure Centre.


It was the first in what is now set to become an annual flagship fundraiser for the charity, supporting people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.


Fundraising Manager Cath Errington said: “We owe a huge thank you to everyone who supported this event, our sponsor Rosconn Group, and most importantly to all of those cyclists who took part.


“Thanks to them we have managed to raise £1,000, which to a small charity like ours, makes a very big difference. It will allow us to expand our fleet of adapted bikes and have a real impact on the people we support.”


As well as the 30 cyclists who completed the 60km on road, a team from Heart of England Mencap also completed 60km indoors, taking turns on a static bike, with Chief Executive Helena Wallis taking them over the line.


She said: “Cycling is something our customers get a huge amount of joy out of – but adapted bikes are very expensive and we are only a small charity.


“We are starting to build a small fleet of bikes thanks to previous fundraising, grants and donations –but we still need so much more. Hand cycles for example enable people in wheelchairs but with strength in their arms to experience to joy of cycling. Side by side bikes allow workers to ride with a customer, meaning that even those who don’t have much physical strength can still benefit from the experience. We want to buy regular bikes as well, so that friends and family can join our customers for a fun day of cycling.


“The idea now is to expand Ride for Bikes so that our fundraising can continue, we had some really positive feedback on the event from those who took part and we’re very excited about its future.”

Ride for Bikes was generously sponsored by Rosconn Group and supported by ShoeMed and Personal Vitality.


Daniel O’Donnell, Rosconn Group’s Managing Director, said: “‘It’s been a privilege to sponsor this year’s Mencap Ride for Bikes Hilly Challenge and great to know that we’re helping to raise money to buy adapted bikes to enable local people with a learning disability to enjoy cycling too.”


Information on next year’s event will be announced soon, anyone interested in providing support or sponsorship is asked to call Cath on 01789 298709.

By Heart of England Mencap, May 17 2017 10:46AM

CYCLISTS are being called on to get in gear and sign-up for a brand new charity bike ride happening next month – to enable local people with learning disabilities to enjoy the thrill of riding too.


The Ride for Bikes 60km Hilly Challenge – in support of Heart of England Mencap – is happening on Sunday June 25th, pedalling off at 9am.


Starting and finishing at Meon Vale Leisure Centre, it will see cyclists taking on a 60km route through Warwickshire and Gloucestershire, including the challenging climbs of the Cotswold hills.


The event is fundraising for Heart of England Mencap – a local charity supporting more than 200 people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.


All of the money raised will support the charity’s cycling project; funding adapted bikes to allow Mencap’s customers to enjoy riding too.


Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said: “This is the first time we’ve organised a big bike ride and really want to make it a big success, raising money to buy adapted bikes for our customers. But we really need more cyclists to sign-up for the challenge to ensure the event is viable.

“Cycling is something our customers get a huge amount of joy out of – but adapted bikes are very expensive and we are only a small charity.


“We are starting to build a small fleet of bikes thanks to previous fundraising, grants and donations –but we still need so much more. Hand cycles for example enable people in wheelchairs but with strength in their arms to experience to joy of cycling. Side by side bikes allow workers to ride with a customer, meaning that even those who don’t have much physical strength can still benefit from the experience. We want to buy regular bikes as well, so that friends and family can join our customers for a fun day of cycling.”


The 60km Hilly Challenge is being generously sponsored by Rosconn Group.


Daniel O’Donnell, Managing Director for The Rosconn Group, said: “We are privileged to be in a position to support local communities and improve local lives and this year we are again delighted to sponsor Heart of England Mencap in their quest to make a difference to the lives of local people with a learning disability.”

Registration for Rides for Bikes costs £30 per cyclist, to include food and refreshments.

Those keen to get involved – but lacking the legs to take on the full 60km challenge – can still be part of the event too, with a fun, indoor static ride taking place on the day at Meon Vale.


For more information and to register please go to www.heartofenglandmencap.org.uk


Photo: Gearing up - Daniel O’Donnell, Managing Director for The Rosconn Group, with Heart of England Mencap customers (left to right) Sandra, Russell, Julie, Alan, Royston and Brian.

By Heart of England Mencap, Mar 13 2017 10:51AM

Calling all cyclists!


CYCLISTS are being called on to saddle up and sign-up for a brand new charity bike ride happening this summer – to enable local people with learning disabilities to enjoy the thrill of riding too.


The Ride for Bikes 60km Hilly Challenge – in support of Heart of England Mencap – is happening on Sunday June 25th, pedalling off at 9am.


Starting and finishing at Meon Vale Leisure Centre, it will see cyclists taking on a 60km route through Warwickshire and Gloucestershire, including the challenging climbs of the Cotswold hills.


The event is fundraising for Heart of England Mencap – a local charity supporting more than 200 people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.


All of the money raised will support the charity’s cycling project; funding adapted bikes to allow Mencap’s customers to enjoy riding too.


Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said: “Experiencing the thrill of cycling is something our customers get a huge amount of joy out of – but adapted bikes are very expensive.


“Our small fleet of bikes and trikes is growing thanks to previous fundraising, grants and donations – and in particular the proceeds of the 2016 Lions Raft Race, which raised a huge amount to support the project. But we still need funds to do even more; hand cycles for example enable people in wheelchairs but with strength in their arms to experience to joy of cycling. Side by side bikes allow workers to ride with a customer, meaning that even those who don’t have much physical strength can still benefit from the experience. We want to buy regular bikes as well, so that friends and family can join our customers for a fun day of cycling.


“We are now ever closer to realising our ultimate dream too - a dedicated track, with storage on site plus parking, toilets and refreshment facilities. Hopefully Ride for Bikes will get us there.”


The 60km Hilly Challenge is being generously sponsored by The Rosconn Group.


Daniel O’Donnell, Managing Director for The Rosconn Group, said: “We are privileged to be in a position to support local communities and improve local lives and this year we are again delighted to sponsor Heart of England Mencap in their quest to make a difference to the lives of local people with a learning disability.”

The ride is also being supported by Lisa Preston, who runs ShoeMed in The Minories in Stratford.

Lisa has been supporting Heart of England Mencap for a number of years, trialling a small Ride for Bikes last year to start the ball rolling ahead of this year’s big event, when it is hoped around 200 cyclists will take part.

“We are hugely grateful to The Rosconn Group and to ShoeMed – both great supporters of our charity,” Cath added.

“We are still looking for further sponsors as well – and of course for as many cyclists and possible to sign-up for the challenge.”

Registration for Rides for Bikes is open now – and costs £30 per cyclist, to include food and refreshments.

Those keen to get involved – but lacking the legs to take on the full 60km challenge – can still be part of the event too, with a fun, indoor static ride taking place on the day at Meon Vale.


For more information and to register please go to www.heartofenglandmencap.org.uk


If you’re interested in sponsoring the event, please call Cath on 01789 298709.


Photos: Gearing up - Daniel O’Donnell, Managing Director for The Rosconn Group, with Heart of England Mencap customers (left to right) Sandra, Russell, Julie, Alan, Royston and Brian


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