Bicycle ride for children’s charity is to make a return

TWO WHEELS Brian Dunlop, left, at last year's bike ride
TWO WHEELS Brian Dunlop, left, at last year's bike ride
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CYCLISTS are set to get back in the saddle to raise money for a children’s charity.

The Big Bike Ride will be making a return for the seventh year running this summer and organiser Brian Dunlop is hoping it will be the biggest and best yet.

Mr Dunlop, of St Thomas Close, Fareham, organises the ride to raise money for the NSPCC after he was inspired by hearing how the charity helps victims of child abuse.

He said: ‘I feel passionately about helping the charity.

‘Every child has the right to be brought up in a safe and loving environment.

‘Every child missing out on their childhood, to my mind, is a criminal act and thankfully there is a charity out there that is set up to help them and the only way they can do that is through money raised by volunteers and events like the Big Bike Ride.’

The group will cycle 22 miles from Fareham to Droxford and back again. They will meet near Sainsbury’s in Standard Way, Fareham at 11am on Sunday, July 26.

They will then follow the old railway line from Fareham, along the Meon Valley, through Wickham to Droxford.

The 47-year-old said: ‘It’s a great way to get to know people. I get a lot of positive feedback from it. Everyone can take part and everyone is welcome.’

Last year the riders raised more than £600.

Mr Dunlop, a heating engineer, said: ‘My advice to people is to get involved and do something with your years.

‘Get yourself up and about and then you can say that you have done something.’

Mr Dunlop said he intends to run the Great South Run in October for the NSPCC and he is also organising a football tournament in Fareham.

To make a donation or for more information call 07825 787793 or email b.dunlop1@btinternet.com.