Cyclists 500 mile challenge for disabled children
A team of cyclists from Staffordshire Police has raised over £16,000 for disabled children in Staffordshire, by completed a 500 mile charity cycle challenge from Berlin to Brussels.
The Bobbies on Bikes for Kids team (BOB4K) completed the punishing challenge on Friday 13th September, 2019, after spending five days in the saddle.
The money that the BOB4K team has raised will now go to support Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
The BOB4K team was cheered across the finish line by friends and family at the charity’s recently opened Caudwell International Children’s Centre, in Keele, before being presented with commemorative medals by Simon White, the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The team of 14 riders and six support staff then enjoyed a ‘Welcome Home’ party within the charity facility.
Darrell ‘Fluff’ Burns, one of the riders, from Cannock, was delighted to have made it to the finish line. As the 53-year-old explained: “It was fantastic that we all arrived safely even though there had been a few falls along the way.
“The tram lines in the city centres were a problem but we bounced back, and, on behalf of the team I’d like to say to all our families, and all those who have supported us, a huge thank you!
“We’ve also had incredible support from the back up team and I know it sounds a cliché but without them we wouldn’t have completed the challenge.
“They got us through the aches and strains and knowing that every pedal was one less drove us on.
“I’d urge people to continue supporting our efforts as we’d like to hit the £20,000 mark so that we can help Caudwell Children to support even more disabled children in Staffordshire.”
Steve Marsh, former Sergeant for Staffordshire Police and one of the organisers of the annual ride, says the challenge was more difficult than expected. As he explained: “This was our sixth cycling challenge to raise funds for Caudwell Children’s services.
“Last year we cycled a relatively flat route across Normandy, but the challenge was the stifling heat, which made it extremely difficult.
”This year the weather was fine, which made it a little easier, but it’s still always harder than you expect.”
The BOB4K team has also cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower, Cologne, in Germany, to Stoke on Trent, and circumnavigated Wales to raise funds for Caudwell Children.
“This was another amazing effort by an extraordinary group of people,” said Kerrie Davies, Associate Director of Events at Caudwell Children. “Their dedication, determination, and commitment to raise funds for disabled children in Staffordshire is remarkable, and once again they are giving disabled children in the county the chance to live happy, active and independent lives.
“We can’t thank them enough!”
You can support the BOB4K team through their Just Giving page here.
Caudwell Children and BOB4K would like to thank the event sponsors: Jones & Shuffs, Markovitz Ltd, WH Builders, Shireoak Motorcycles, Dog & Partridge Packmoor, Shelton Auto Spares, Summers Accident Repair Centre, Moorland Classic Cars, Deebank Developments Ltd, SG Fleet, Swinnerton Cycles, MStrong
You can find out about more Caudwell Children challenges here.