Group take on 1k cy­cle ride

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A GROUP of cy­clists are ped­alling their way across Bri­tain to raise money for a com­mu­nity pro­gramme.

Oliver Gibson, Tom War­dle, Tim Sparks and Jonathan Aiken will be cy­cling just shy of 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May.

They hope to raise £3,000 for Cre8, a youth and com­mu­nity pro­gramme which works with chil­dren and young peo­ple on the Moss es­tate in Macclesfield.

The project the group are fundrais­ing for teaches bike re­pair­ing and also pro­vides mu­sic-based ac­tiv­i­ties and qual­i­fi­ca­tions for chil­dren who wouldn’t nor­mally get the op­por­tu­nity.

Over the past few months the gang have been train­ing hard in a bid to com­plete the LEJOG in 12 days, cy­cling around 80 miles a day.

The ride will take place from May 23 to June 6.

Fam­ily and friends are act­ing as sup­port crew along the way and are or­gan­is­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion and food along the route.

The rid­ers will be stop­ping for one night in Macclesfield as part of the ride - and will be hav­ing a home cooked meal and a night in their own beds be­fore con­tin­u­ing on their way.

The rid­ers are pay­ing for ev­ery­thing them­selves so ev­ery penny they raise will go straight to Cre8.

So far the group have raised more than £500.

Tom War­dle has called for the town for help.

He said: “The dona­tions have started trick­ling in but we need to get a huge ti­dal wave go­ing to sup­port our ride.

“Cre8 is about mak­ing change hap­pen, be­ing in com­mu­nity, and hav­ing fun while we’re do­ing it.

“We pro­vide projects and ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies. Our work is aimed to­wards em­pow­er­ing young peo­ple and adults in the lo­cal area to make change hap­pen for them­selves and also for their lo­cal neigh­bour­hood.

“All the money raised will go di­rectly to Cre8; to help young peo­ple do things like fix and ride bikes, have mu­sic lessons, per­form in a con­cert, write their own songs - things they wouldn’t oth­er­wise get to do.”

Cre8 is based at St Barn­abas Church on Lyme Av­enue, on the Moss, and pro­vides ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple in­clud­ing mu­sic tu­ition, cy­cling, cooking, arts and crafts and ed­u­ca­tion.

If you want to do­nate to the fundrais­ing chal­lenge you can visit https://my. give.net/lejogcre8off­beat.

For in­for­ma­tion about the char­ity www.cre8­mac­cles­field.org.

●● Oliver Gibson, Tom War­dle, Tim Sparks and Jonathan Aiken will be cy­cling just shy of 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May for Macclesfield char­ity Cre8

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