Cycle ride aims to raise at least £10,000 for local charities

Bosses at a vehicle hire company today appealed for help to smash a £10,000 fundraising target for local charities.

Mark Hughes, managing director of Jolly Good Vehicle Rentals, is on the hunt for at least 100 cyclists to take part in a 50 mile charity cycle ride on July 13.

It is hoped the event will raise at least £10,000 to be divided between 10 deserving charities throughout Shropshire, Wrexham and North Wales.

Mr Hughes said: “We have set ourselves an ambitious target to raise at least £10,000 for local charities but with the support of local people we are sure to be able to do it.

“To make it work we need at least 100 riders each raising at least £100 each in sponsorship.

“We already have 50 or so people signed up to take part including myself but need a final push to bump the numbers up to 100.”

Riders will begin the ride at Jolly Good’s head office in Pandy, Wrexham. They will then cycle through the villages of Gresford and Holt into the Cheshire countryside and onto Chester before returning to Pandy. The route will include two Jolly pit stops, the first at Cheshire Ice Cream Farm, Tattenhall, and the second at Hickory’s, Chester.

Jason King, owner of the Shrewsbury Jolly Good depot, will also be taking part in the cycle ride along with the company’s finance manager Jo Wood, Becky Rydiard, head of reservations and operations manager Ben Candy.

“We think it is going to be a fantastic day and we really would like as many people as possible to join us on the 50 mile route,” said Mr Hughes.

“It’s not a race, just a leisurely ride for anyone who enjoys cycling and being in the open countryside.

“The two scheduled pit stops will be a chance for people to refuel along the way and a place for family and friends to gather to support and cheer the riders on.

“We are hoping it will be a really fun and jolly event and one which will help raise the profile of the wonderful work carried out by local charities.”

It is the first time that Jolly Good Van Rentals, which has depots in Shrewsbury,  Deeside in Flintshire, Ely in Cambridgeshire, Chippenham in Wiltshire and  Colwyn Bay in Conwy, North Wales, as well as Pandy in Wrexham, has staged an event of this kind to raise funds for so many different charities.

“In previous years staff have nominated one particular charity to benefit from money we have raised and most of the charities have been more high profile,” said Mr Hughes.

“This year we wanted to give something back to some of the smaller charities that are not quite so well known but are doing a fantastic job out there in our communities. We thought this was a great way of showing our appreciation.

“The charities we have selected provide support to children, the elderly, people with disabilities and animals.

“For many of these charities £500 will make a big difference to the support and services they can offer so we hope as many people as possible will join us on the day.”

The cycle ride will start at 10am on July 13 and cyclists will be set off in groups at different times from the depot.

Volunteers from local charities will be on hand on the day to help support and direct cyclists along the route.

To register for the event email [email protected] or contact 01978 800802.

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