As the sun shone, brakes were checked, chains oiled, tyres pumped and legs and arms stretched as we all geared our-selves up for the Keynsham and District Mencap Society’s annual sponsored cycle, walk and wheelchair push.
Well done to those that achieved the 25 mile cycle, 10 mile cycle and 5 mile walk. This is one of our most popular fundraising activities of the year and we had over 65 people take part on Sunday; this included members and their families, staff and volunteers; and we were also very pleased to welcome a few new families to the event.
Everyone had a fantastic day and came away with a great sense of achievement, we were very lucky to enjoy the facilities of the Bird in Hand pub in Saltford who once again after the event provided much needed refreshments of sausages and chips. We were looked after extremely well by a team of awesome staff who were very helpful and accommodating, a massive thanks to Richard who remained attentive throughout the event.
We welcomed photographer Edward Evans who took some amazing photos that really captured the day, and these are all displayed on our Facebook page. A huge thanks goes to Jamie Ahearne from Sainsburys local in Keynsham who provided water and squash for the water stations. Thanks to Pat Shelley, Rebecca’s mum for helping at the registration post, David Johnson from Keynsham Walkers welcome who manned the water station and warned on-coming cyclists to look out for our purple clad participants, and finally our own trustees Sue Jeffrey and Andrea Westlake for attending to the thirsty camels who pulled up at the station in Bitton.
We are confident that we beat our total raised last year, the final count is not in yet but we expect to have raised in excess of £4000, which is superb.
A massive thank you to everyone who took part and made it such a successful event, we need the support of our members and families to keep our provision running to the exceptional level it does, we really couldn’t do it without you, so here’s to the next one.
Don’t forget its our quiz night next so save the date for the 8th October.