Business community supports intrepid charity bicycle ride
A team of cyclists from Staffordshire Police has publicly thanked 11 local business who have sponsored an annual cycling challenge that will raise vital funds for autistic children in the county.
The Bobbies on Bikes for Kids Cycling Club (BOB4K) will be swapping their uniform for Lycra to ride 500 miles from Berlin to Brussels between Sunday 9th – Thursday 13th September.
This is BOB4Ks sixth cycle challenge which sees the team taking on a new route each year.
“As you can imagine there are a number of logistical issues around a cycling event such as this,” said Steve Marsh, organiser and one of the participants on the challenge. “We have a team of 14 riders and a four man support team and we have to book hotel rooms for everyone.
“We also have 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 to deal with any mechanical issues we may have.
“We also 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 we have to cover as much of the costs as we can in order to ensure as much of the money that we raise goes to the charity that we support.”
Since BOB4Ks first challenge in 2014 the club has raised over £121,000 for Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
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.
“Simply put without the support of our families, friends and sponsors, whose names are emblazoned on our cycling shirts, the ride wouldn’t happen,” continued Steve, a former Sergeant with Staffordshire Police. “So in no particular order we’d like to thank Jones and Shuffs building and plumbing services, Markovitz Ltd builders and plumbers merchants, WH Builders of Crewe, Shire Oak motorcycles in Walsall, Shelton Auto Spares, Moorland Classic Cars, Deebank domestic construction, Swinnerton Cycles, Mstrong physiotherapy, and last, but by no means least, the Dog and Partridge pub in Packmore where we have held many a fundraiser and downed a few pints planning our challenges.
“Each and every one of our sponsors has dug deep to ensure that we maximise our fundraising again this year, and we can’t thank them enough.”
The challenge will see the team undertaking five cycling stages across northern Germany before finishing their challenge in the Belgium capital Brussels, famous for its cuisine, gastronomy and being the home to the European Parliament.
Kate Sherwin, from Caudwell Children said: “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.
“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 the sponsors who are supporting them.”
You can donate to BOB4K here.
You can find out more about Caudwell Children’s new Autism Service here.