Ride on time –cash boost for Streetbikes

RIDE TIME Streetbikes coordinator Gill Greaves (above) praised Fujitsu staff for raising money for the charity. (D512C316)

RIDE TIME Streetbikes coordinator Gill Greaves (above) praised Fujitsu staff for raising money for the charity. (D512C316)

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A bike ride from Wakefield to Manchester over Holme Moss clocked up more than £20,000 for a Kirklees-based cycling charity.

Hundreds of cyclists from Fujitsu took part in the sponsored ride from their Wakefield office to the Manchester office to raise money for Streetbikes.

The group even shared the route with Tour de France teams who, earlier this year had used the same route for their training.

The cyclists, which included employees from the firm, eventually raised a staggering £23,487.

Gill Greaves, Streetbikes co-ordinator, said: “This was a really fantastic event. Some of the riders had not done that kind of distance before, but they were encouraged by the company to take the day and raise money for us.

“Fujitsu also helped with the Real Community Tour that we put on last year, and they see the difference we can make to people’s lives.

“Some people come to Streetbikes for health reasons, some learning mechanics, we have adapted bikes so people of all abilities can ride together – it has been amazing to see.

“This fantastic donation will help us to continue to deliver this kind of work”

Gill added: “I would also like to personally thank the many cyclists who took part, and especially Victoria Ward from Fujitsu who organised the event with us.”

Streetbikes is a Batley-based community cycling project which fixes bikes and teaches young people to ride.

For more information on the scheme, or to find out how you can help out yourself, visit www.streetbikes.org.uk.