Sponsored cycle goes the extra mile for good cause
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12 cyclists from Warwickshire have raised more than £500 in a sponsored cycling event organised by the Bromford Hub in Stratford.
The cyclists covered a distance of 255 miles altogether in a bid to raise cash for YouCan, Bromford’s good cause for vulnerable people, as well as raising awareness of the support and activities on offer to adults with learning disabilities across Warwickshire.
Setting off from Stratford Greenway, participants completed anything from five miles up to an amazing 50 miles, tying in with Bromford’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Participants had a chance to take in some beautiful Warwickshire countryside as they cycled in 25°c temperatures.
Philip Babb aged 50, who is a customer and volunteer at Bromford’s learning disability hub, cycled 10 miles on the day and raised £112 towards the overall total. He said, “I really enjoyed taking part with the whole group. I had to approach people to get sponsor money on my own and that really helped to improve my confidence. It was a really exciting day. I can’t believe so many people wanted to support me.”
Jessica Tunley, Hub Advisor at the Stratford Hub organised the sponsored cycle to raise awareness of the hub in the local community, while also marking Bromford’s 50-year milestone and raising money for Bromford’s most vulnerable customers.
She said, “We launched the Hubs for adults with learning disabilities in October 2012 and since that time we have managed to establish firm connections with many different organisations in the area. The Hub is a service providing advice and support as well as a friendly social environment and we are promoting choice, independence and healthy living.”
“The cycling event tied in with our goals as it is not only is it a fun and energetic activity, but also encourages our Hub customers to get involved in something that they might not usually get the opportunity to do. The day was a success and the grand total raised was a fantastic, we are so grateful for the support shown by everyone.”
Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, was due to open the event but unfortunately couldn’t attend. She said; “I was delighted to be asked to start the cycle ride and I am regretful that I could not attend. I believe that the healthy living message being shown within the hubs is of huge importance. The cycle event will not only raise funds that will go directly to helping Bromford customers, who are among the most vulnerable and in need in our community, but will also raise awareness of the Hubs.
“Living healthily and feeling that they are a part of the community are very important to the well-being of people with learning disabilities. Both myself and Cllr Jose Compton, our Portfolio Holder for Adult Social, strongly believe that the hubs have an important role to play in providing a wide range of opportunities and ensuring that whatever the range of abilities an individual has, their needs are catered for.”
Following the Sponsored Cycle, the Hubs will be continuing with their healthy living initiative and many more keep-fit style sessions will be coming soon.
Bromford have Hubs across Warwickshire with support available in Studley, Atherstone, Leamington and Stratford, offering drop-in support and events for the learning disability community.
For more information on the Hubs visit www.bromford.co.uk/hubs or to get involved with the Stratford Hub contact Jessica Tunley, Hub Advisor, on 07436 800956.