Auto spares company’s charity gift to local ‘Bobbies’
Leading Stoke-on-Trent auto spares company Shelton Auto Spares, has celebrated its 30th anniversary by sponsoring a team of Staffordshire police officers in their attempt to complete a 500 mile charity cycling challenge, from Berlin to Brussels.
The Bobbies on Bikes for Kids Cycling Club (BOB4K) will be swapping their uniform for Lycra to complete the challenge between Sunday 9th – Friday 13th September, 2019.
When Malcolm Bagnall, founder of the company, heard that the BOB4K team needed sponsors to cover the operational costs of the trip he decided to celebrate 30 years of successful trading by donating the money that the team needed.
“I’ve known about the challenge for a while as it’s something that the BOB4K team do each year,” explained Malcolm. “I believe that this is their sixth challenge and each year they take on a different route, either in the UK or Europe.
“When I found out that they were hoping to raise £20,000 for Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides vital support to disabled children, I thought I had to get involved as they are such a worth local cause.
“And giving something back to the local community, who have supported us so well in the 30 years since I established the company on Stoke Road, seemed the right thing to do.”
Kate Sherwin, from Caudwell Children is delighted by the support of Shelton Auto Spares. As she explained: “Simply put without sponsorship the event wouldn’t happen as there are 14 riders and a four man support team and they all have to have hotel rooms booked throughout the challenge.
“The team also has to ensure that the riders are fed and watered during the duration of the ride, whilst the support team has to carry the necessary equipment needed to deal with any mechanical issues they may have.
“So we can’t thank Malcolm and the team enough for getting involved. They’ve been providing their customers with the very best car spares and accessories for the last 30 years, and now their helping to provide disabled children with the support they need to lead happy and independent lives.”
Former police sergeant Steve Marsh, organiser and one of the participants on the challenge, says that Shelton Auto Spares are one of 10 local companies who have sponsored the challenge. He said: “As you can imagine there are a number of logistical issues around a cycling event such as this and we even have a physiotherapist on hand to deal with any strains, knocks or injuries that the riders may suffer.
“All in all it is an expensive challenge so to have this support from the business community is incredible.
“Shelton Auto Spares, together with our nine other sponsors, are enabling us to cover as much of the costs as we can in order to ensure as much of the money that we raise goes to Caudwell Children.”
Since BOB4Ks first challenge in 2014 the club has raised over £121,000 for Caudwell Children, one of the UK’s leading children’s charities.
This year money raised through the challenge will support children in accessing the charity’s new Autism Service which provides assessment, intervention and support to children with autism.
The Berlin to Brussels Challenge will see the team undertaking five cycling stages across northern Germany before finishing their ride in the Belgium capital Brussels, famous for its cuisine, gastronomy and being the home to the European Parliament.
“The BOB4K team are real life heroes putting their bodies on the line, and giving up their time, to raise funds for children with autism,” Kate concluded. “Their lung busting efforts have been instrumental in supporting over 40,000 children with over 650 medical conditions, they are a truly inspirational group of individuals and it’s fantastic that this has been recognised by Shelton Auto Spares.”
You can donate to BOB4K here.
You can find out more about Caudwell Children’s new Autism Service here.