On your bike for one of Swindon's best causes

By Barrie Hudson - 31 July 2020

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Brighter Futures is asking local people to jump on their bikes – or scooters, skateboards, tandems, penny farthings or unicycles.

  • Lisa Utting from Brighter Futures has signed up to take part in the event

    Lisa Utting from Brighter Futures has signed up to take part in the event

The charity of the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wants people to raise money in spite of the pandemic putting the brakes on a major fundraising event.

The eighth Prudential RideLondon was due to take place on 15 and 16 August, and while the festival can’t go ahead as planned, the organisers want to keep the wheels moving and celebrate the event weekend by encouraging people to get on their bikes – or any other non-motorised wheeled transport.

Brighter Futures Donor Development Manager Lisa Utting is taking part this year. 

She said: “During lockdown, I’ve found that I haven’t done as much exercise as I usually would and this is a good opportunity for me to get back on my bike. 

“I took part in the Ride for Radiotherapy in 2017 but haven’t really cycled since, so this will be a great way for me to push myself and raise funds for my charity. 

“Our staff at the Trust have worked so hard this year, and we really want to encourage local people to continue to show support by raising as much money as they can.”

Michelle Leighton, Community and Events Fundraising Manager, had a message for the public: “We would love for lots of you to get on your wheels on and join us for this event. 

“We had to put a lot of our planned events on hold due to COVID-19, so it’s exciting to be able share this challenge with you all and we hope lots of you take it on. 

“If you are taking part with family or friends, please remember to follow government guidance by keeping socially distanced and wearing a face mask if necessary.

“Thank you for your continued support to Brighter Futures – the money you raise really does help us to make a difference to our staff, and to purchase state-of-the-art equipment that will improve the experience for all our patients.”

Participants in the special version of My Prudential RideLondon can choose from 19 miles, 46 miles or 100 miles, or set their own distance to ride.

Registration can be done at https://myridelondon.co.uk/ and fundraising pages can be set up at https://myridelondon.co.uk/fundraise

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