Bobby on a Bike team raises £15,000 for our Forces
A 62 strong team of riders took on the 400 miles in 4 days challenge from the Suffolk coast to the Welsh coast, with some impressive fundraising results.
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In May this year, a team of 62 riders assembled in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast for the Bobby on a Bike cycle challenge. They were ready to ride 400 miles to Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast in just 4 days. Their impressive efforts in the challenge has so far raised an amazing £15,000 for our Forces and their families.
Bobby on a Bike is the brainchild of Suffolk Police Dog Handler, Neil Smith. The route for the annual May ride is renowned as one of the toughest 4 day bike rides out there. The first challenge took place in 2002, now nine events later the Bobby on a Bike riders have raised over £110,000 for various charities.
Organiser Neil says, “Each year I choose a different charity to benefit, this year I chose SSAFA. I’m ex-Forces and many of our riders are too.”
He continues, “My brother in law is a serving Royal Navy officer and as he wanted to take part this year, together with a small group from RNAS Yeovilton, I thought it would be a great idea to raise money for SSAFA. With such a personal connection to the Forces, it is great to be able to support SSAFA's great work.”
Megan Bailey from SSAFA's fundraising team, says, "From organising a cycle challenge to sitting in a bath of beans, our fundraisers are an amazing bunch. We're so proud that we can support them every step of the way and help make their money raising ideas possible."