MP takes part in char­ity bike race

Han­nah’s poppy sup­port

West Lothian Courier - - News - Sean O’Neil

Liv­ingston MP Han­nah Bardell took part in a 12hour marathon bike ride at West­min­ster along­side politi­cians and armed forced per­son­nel to raise money for this year’s Poppy Ap­peal.

The bike ride took place at Portcullis House, Par­lia­ment, be­tween 8am and 8pm and aimed to raise money for The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion’s na­tional Poppy Ap­peal.

Ha n nah Ba r d e l l MP rep­re­sented her con­stituency of Liv­ingston by cy­cling as far as she could in five min­utes, with the hope of top­ping the leader­board and beat­ing the other 90 mem­bers of Par­lia­ment that took part.

The Liv­ingston MP man­aged to cy­cle the 2.57km within the five min­utes.

Ms Bardell said: “I would like to thank the In­dus­try and Par­lia­ment Trust and The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion for ar­rang­ing this event.

“The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion pro­vides in­valu­able sup­port to the armed forces com­mu­nity. I am pleased to have been able to sup­port such a wor­thy cause.”

The bike ride was or­gan­ised by the In­dus­try and Par­lia­ment Trust (IPT) and The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess­ful bike ride held in 2016 where 77 MPs and Peers cy­cled a to­tal of 128.8 miles in 12 hours.

This year’s race em­pha­sised that The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion will once again be ask­ing the na­tion to ‘Re­think Re­mem­brance’ and con­sider the mean­ing of the poppy as a sym­bol of Re­mem­brance and hope.

Nick Ma­her CEO of the IPT said: “The work of The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion is es­sen­tial to the lives of the whole armed forces com­mu­nity across the UK and I am de­lighted that MPs and Peers are sup­port­ing us in our ef­forts to raise money for such a worth­while cause.

“The sup­port and en­thu­si­asm f rom par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and ser­vice men and women has been fan­tas­tic.”

The Cen­tral Par­lia­ment Poppy Ap­peal is the only char­ity that can fundraise in Par­lia­ment.

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