Refuse collectors' C2C bike ride boosts Lord Mayor’s Charities

By on 24/06/2014 in Culture, News
Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah says thanks to the C2C charity cyclists

L-R - Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah, Jeff Camden, Wayne Daniel, Matthew Reid, Adrian Kettle, Adrian Daniel and Paul Boddy

Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah met council refuse collectors this morning ahead of their coast to coast charity bike ride in aid of his charities.

The team will leave Birmingham in a council van at 2am on Friday 27 June before starting their gruelling 140 mile bike ride at 6am from Whitehaven on the West coast.  Over the weekend they'll cycle through the Lake District and across the hilly Pennines before descending along the old railways of County Durham and into Sunderland on the East Coast.

 

Led by fleet and waste driver Paul Boddy, six riders will be supported by two drivers who will transport the men and their bikes.

Lord Mayor Cllr Shafique Shah said: “This is a fantastic start for my charities and I'm really impressed with the men's commitment.  I wish Paul and his team all the very best of luck with their mammoth bike ride and urge people to get behind them and donate.  My charities this year are Birmingham Children's Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, SIFA Fireside Centre and Focus Birmingham and I know they will be as excited as I am by this wonderful fundraiser.”

Paul Boddy, who leads the team said: “We have been training hard for this challenge and we are really pleased to be able to support these worthwhile causes.  I was already a keen cyclist but for other members of the team it's going to be even more challenging, though I'm hoping it will be a case of blood, sweat and gears rather than blood, sweat and tears!  Please support our bike ride by donating online.”

To make a donation visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/lordmayorscharities and search for Paul’s Team Cycle Challenge.

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