Riding high to help charities

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

Riding high to help charities

Lee Venier sets off in 2011. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

ISLE of Wight firefighters have set themselves not one but 100 mountains to climb this year.

In previous years, members of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, have taken part in Square 2 Square challenges, cycling from Newport to Prague, Rome and Gibraltar.

This year two cyclists will tackle 100 French mountains in just ten days, followed by a 100 mile Island ride in a single day, for a challenge dubbed '100 Here 100 There.’

Organisers are keen for anyone to take part on the Isle of Wight ride, which takes place on Sunday, June 30. It can be ridden individually or as part of a team each completing a segment of the route.

The aim is to bring the community together to support Island cancer patients and their families, in partnership with the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Wessex Cancer Trust, Seeds4Change and The Firefighters Charity.

It is hoped at least £20,000 will be raised with the money being split between the three charities.

Before the Island stage firefighters Kelvin Wright and Lee Venier will be attempting the gruelling 'Cent Cols Challenge’ in France, where they will cycle over and past 100 mountains in ten days.

During the year there will also be a variety of supporting fundraising events connected with the main cycle ride.

These include fundraising days at Marks and Spencer in Newport and Tesco in Ryde, car washes at Ryde and Newport fire stations and a teddy bear parachute drop.

For more information visit www.iow100.btck.co.uk where anyone wanting to take part in the 100 mile cycle around the Island can download a sponsorship form.

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