Cyclists travel 25 miles to celebrate 25 years of Fareham charity

TEAM EFFORT Councillor Sean Woodward greets Amey staff at the Rainbow Centre.
TEAM EFFORT Councillor Sean Woodward greets Amey staff at the Rainbow Centre.

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A TEAM of 30 cyclists travelled 25 miles raising money for the Rainbow Centre in Fareham.

The challenge was part of the charity’s 25-year celebration, which throughout the year has seen every fundraising event themed around the number 25.

For the 25-mile challenge, staff members from Amey, who provide highways maintenance across Hampshire, set off from their depot in Petersfield, finishing at the charity’s headquarters in Palmerston Drive.

Everyone who took part in the bike ride raised money for the charity, and upon reaching their final destination, employees from Amey had collected more than £3,000 for the charity, which supports children with cerebral palsy and adults with strokes, MS and Parkinson’s disease.

When the team crossed the finish line, they were greeted by leader of Fareham Borough Council, Sean Woodward, who presented each individual with a medal for their efforts.

Cllr Woodward said; ‘It was a privilege to welcome all the cyclists from Amey into Fareham.

‘I’d like to say well done to everyone who took part in the cycle ride supporting the centre and the invaluable work it does.’

Challenge 25, organised by the centre, has proved to be a huge success as fundraisers have been involved in a range of different tasks.

Centre director Lara Bull has praised the success of all the challenges and the money each one has raised.

She said: ‘The Amey ride was a great success and once again they have proved how great a partner they are for us.

‘It was great to see all the riders home safely with no injuries, only a few moans and groans about the levels of comfort.’

Amey has been a strong supporter of the work which the Rainbow Centre carries out.

Customer services manager David Fawcett said the company wanted to do something special to celebrate 25 years of the charity’s work.

He said: ‘We wanted to do something which acknowledged the wonderful support they provide to young people.’