Boost for ap­peal is a rac­ing cer­tainty in cy­cling chal­lenge

Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR MONEY -


BUSI­NESSES from across Chel­tenham and be­yond are al­ready sign­ing up to take part in the county’s first char­ity street velo­drome chal­lenge.

Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter Hos­pi­tals Char­ity is stag­ing the event on the Prom­e­nade in the town on Friday, July 12 to raise money for the CT Scan­ner Ap­peal.

Among those who have pledged their sup­port and en­tered a team is Mid­win­ters So­lic­i­tors, in Cres­cent Place.

They are join­ing head­line spon­sor Brewin Dol­phin and other com­pa­nies, such as Creed Food­ser­vice, Abbey Busi­ness and Spi­rax Sarco, who have all signed up.

This pur­suit rac­ing chal­lenge is open to teams of four who com­pete to get the best time travelling around the track through­out the day.

The money from the event will go to­wards the £1.2 mil­lion ap­peal to buy CT scan­ners and mo­bile digital X-ray ma­chines for Chel­tenham Gen­eral and Glouces­ter­shire Royal hos­pi­tals.

Gareth Gre­gory, part­ner at Mid­win­ters, is tak­ing part along­side fel­low keen cy­clists Mark Hol­land, Chris Vev­ers and Fran­cis Russell. He said the busi­ness was de­lighted to be in­volved.

“Mid­win­ters have been in the town since 1916, well over 100 years, and we have al­ways been part of the Chel­tenham com­mu­nity and like to sup­port good causes in the town,” he said.

“I know peo­ple in my fam­ily who have needed scans. I had a CT scan my­self for an is­sue and the fact is the scan­ners are very heav­ily used and this ap­peal will be able to help pro­vide eas­ier ac­cess to this great re­source, which is all round a good thing.

“The velo­drome event re­ally taps into the fact cy­cling is such a pop­u­lar sport and it ticks the fit­ness box, the eco box and also fits in with the ethos of the town.

“It is a bit of fun, but inevitably peo­ple will be com­par­ing times on the day and there will be some healthy com­pe­ti­tion.”

En­try is now open for the chal­lenge and you can ei­ther pay the full en­try free or pay a de­posit and pledge to raise spon­sor­ship for the ap­peal.

Only 16 teams can take part and places are al­ready go­ing fast. En­try closes on June 30.

The event is backed by Glouces­ter­shire Par­a­lympian wheel­chair racer Mel Ni­cholls, who will be tak­ing part.

It costs £950 for a team of four for the day, in­clud­ing lunch, or you can pay a de­posit of £250 with a pledge to raise £750 in spon­sor­ship. Email Karen Or­gan at karen.or­[email protected] for an ap­pli­ca­tion pack.

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