Building society staff complete relay ride for Framework

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16 Sep 2013
by Neil Skinner

More than 30 building society staff took to the highways and byways of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire as they completed a gruelling 240 mile relay ride in aid of homeless and vulnerable people. 

The Nottingham, which has been supporting homelessness charity Framework for the last two years, held its second of its annual Bike It Challenge ride this week (Monday September 9th to Friday September 13th) in partnership with professional racing outfit Team Raleigh. The team, which is sponsored by The Nottingham, will provided professional riders to lead out the selfless amateurs on the first and final day of the week-long tour. 

Day 1 and the riders prepare to leave Worksop

The ride, which started from the The Nottingham’s Worksop branch on Monday morning, saw a series of staff teams, led on the last day by keen cyclist and Chief Executive David Marlow, visit much of the branch network – calling in at Cleethorpes, Skegness, Grantham, Northampton, Leicester and Loughborough before a colourful finish back at the society’s Nottingham HQ on Friday afternoon. 

Riders from Team Raleigh were kind enough to lead out the participants on Day 1 and Day 5.

Mr Marlow said: “I am delighted to be part of this ride and really proud of the dedication and commitment of my staff. Many of them have never over such long distances before, but no that by doing so they are helping a fantastic cause. 

“We have worked very hard over the last couple of years to support Framework as part of our Doing Good Together initiative. What started as a very traditional business relationship has grown in the time since into something far stronger and our staff have really taken the cause to their hearts. This ride demonstrated perfectly the level of their commitment.” 

On the last leg through Nottingham

Money collected from the ride – in sponsorship and in collections – will help Framework to prevent cases of homelessness, to tackle rough sleeping, to provide skills training to allow people to live independently, and to provide life-changing opportunities to people who would otherwise be denied them.

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Framework Chief Executive Andrew Redfern said: “I would like to extend my personal thanks to every rider taking part in this challenge and to Team Raleigh for their support. This kind of high-profile public fundraising really does help us to change the lives of homeless and vulnerable people in the communities we serve.”

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