Riders pull in £10m for worthy charities

THE donations have been counted and 2014 was a record breaking year for cyclists, with more than £10 million raised for charity by riders taking part in August’s mass participation RideLondon event through Surrey.

Some 20,000 cyclists braved the wind and rain to complete the ride and raise £3m more for good causes than in 2013’s inaugural event. Despite turbulent conditions during the 2014 event, the route was shortened to 86 miles for safety reasons, the average sum raised for charity by the 16,000 fundraising riders was more than £900.

IN TOP GEAR - the pros led the way bit it was the charity riders who were the real winners on the day

IN TOP GEAR – the pros led the way bit it was the charity riders who were the real winners on the day

Cathy Lewis, Executive Director at Prudential UK, said: “We are incredibly proud of everyone who took on this challenge to raise money for charity. So many people gave so generously to provide a fantastic boost to good causes up and down the country.”

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Helyn Clack, also praised the event, which helped boost the county’s economy to the tune of £240,000.

She said: “This is absolutely fantastic news. Not only did thousands of cyclists defy everything the appalling weather threw at them, they also turned pedal power into a record-breaking sum for good causes in Surrey and the rest of the country. I’m sure that the charities benefiting from their amazing efforts will join me in saying a big thank you.”

Children with Cancer UK were one of the many charities that raised a six-figure sum, and they’ve already started planning their fundraising for next year’s RideLondon-Surrey 100.

“This year 325 cyclists joined our Children with Cancer UK cycling team for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100,” said Ben Twyman, Head of Events at Children with Cancer UK.

“We are thrilled that more than £300,000 has been raised to help in our fight against childhood cancer. This is a fantastic event and we look forward to raising even more in 2015.”

THE ballot for places in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 – which takes place on August 2, 2015 – closes at 5pm on Tuesday (January 6). Sign up online at  ww.prudentialridelondon.co.uk.

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