Council staff donate bikes to help charity

Ahead of the forthcoming OVO Energy Women’s Tour on June 9th, Warwickshire County Council used the Static Bike Challenge to support a local cycling charity.

Staff and some of their children donated unwanted bikes to the charity ‘Cyclists Fighting Cancer’. http://www.cyclistsfc.org.uk/ which helps children and young people fighting cancer.

The donated bikes will be sold in the charity’s shop in Alderminster which will raise funds to enable Cyclists Fighting Cancer to carry out their life changing work.

Monica Fogarty, Joint Managing Director of Warwickshire County Council, said:

“I am delighted that staff have been so supportive towards Cyclists Fighting Cancer. Exercise plays a hugely beneficial role in everybody’s lives and the work that this charity does in helping to give opportunities to children living with cancer is outstanding.

“The Women’s Tour is not just about elite athletes; it is about everyone in Warwickshire being inspired to get active and adopt a healthy lifestyle and the donation of these bikes captures that spirit perfectly.”

Mike Grisenthwaite, founder of Cyclists Fighting Cancer, said: We’re delighted with the donations of the bikes which will let us continue our work with children living with and beyond cancer. The Women’s Tour reminds us that cycling is for everyone, a sentiment that is behind everything we do.”

The donation of bikes followed the static bike challenge held by Warwickshire County Council staff. In conjunction with Freedom Fitness in Warwick, the Council held a Static Bike Challenge in Warwick’s Market Square. 23 teams of staff entered the challenge to see who could cycle the furthest. Throughout the day the riders achieved a combined distance of 366.06 km nearly 2.5 times the distance of the Warwickshire stage of the tour.

The OVO Energy Women’s Tour comes to Warwickshire on Friday 9 June as Warwickshire County Council and partners the University of Warwick host Stage 3 of the international women’s cycle race.

Over 100 of the world’s best women cyclists will ride the full distance of Warwickshire from Atherstone to Royal Leamington Spa in the third stage of what is fast becoming one of the most eagerly awaited cycling events on the annual sporting calendar.

Warwickshire County Council will carry out further bike collection days after the Women’s Tour, in a bid to continue its support for the charity. However, anybody with a bike that they would like to deliver direct to the charity can visit the shop in Alderminster. Call 0300 500 4040 to arrange delivery.

For further information on the Women’s Tour go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/womens-tour, or follow #WCT2017, #thisgirlcan and #activewarwickshire on twitter.