Seven cyclists are set to take on a Coast to Coast challenge – riding over 100 miles in four days from Ilfracombe to Plymouth, starting on 19 July, to raise £3,000 for Swindon charity Foodbank.
Foodbank manager Richard Belsham, right, will take part, having completed the Coast to Coast in the Lake District with his son-in-law last year. He said, “it’s going to be a lovely trip, for a great cause. But we’re appealing to any Link readers who can help.
“We need transport with a driver to take seven bikes and two passengers to Ilfracombe on 18 July, then to collect them at the end. If anyone can help we’d be really grateful.”
West Swindon based Foodbank provides emergency food to those in desperate need and has given food to around 8,000 families in the four years it’s been running. Richard is worried that the government’s austerity cuts could result in significant demand on Foodbank. “The number of people we’re feeding is slightly down on last year – about 46 people each week now, compared with 52. But if the government changes the benefit system, it will have a knock on effect on the people we work with.
“When there’s change in someone’s circumstances they often lose benefits until it’s decided what their new entitlement is. This can take a few weeks during which time the person may not receive any money at all.
“We need to have the food to respond to the need.”
Here’s how to help:
Enter a team at the Foodbank Quiz Night – Friday 16 July, 7.30pm, Gateway Church Swindon. Cost per person: £2.50. Ploughman’s supper: £2.50. All welcome.
Foodbank supermarket collections coming up:
Saturday 3 July – Asda, West Swindon Centre
Thursday 2 September – Tesco Extra, Ocotal Way
Saturday 4 December – Sainsburys Bridgemead
For details or to help with the Coast to Coast transport, contact email@example.com