Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston
In July this year members of Nantwich Cycling Group (NCG) completed a 220 mile fund-raising charity cycle ride from London to Nantwich. Eleven cyclists, along with two support crew, took part in the mammoth journey. Last year NCG cycled in the reverse direction from Nantwich to London in aid of Leighton Hospital and raised over £5,000. This year NCG raised money for The Wingate Special Children’s Trust, based at the Wingate Centre, in Wrenbury - http://www.thewingatecentre.co.uk - and raised £5,000. They chose The Wingate Special Children’s Trust because to maintain the Centre and to subsidise their student’s activities they have to raise £300,000 each year. Their state of the art gym makes a difference to the lives of children and adults of all abilities including those with extreme physical and learning difficulties.
A representative from The Wingate Special Children’s Trust said, “We are absolutely delighted to have been the chosen charity for the NCG ride this year, and really were overwhelmed to receive a cheque of £5,000 from them, they have done incredibly well! The riders and support crew have all put themselves through gruelling training and a lot of pain on the day to achieve the 220 mile distance, but I can assure them it will be worthwhile. £5,000 is a huge sum for us and will subsidise over 40 children, many with complex disabilities, to have a four night holiday at The Wingate Centre! For many of the children who visit us this may be the only holiday they have ever had and can be a life changing experience for them and their families who are able to have some vital rest bite. The centre is all about enriching the lives of children and improving health and well-being, which has a fantastic synergy with Nantwich Cycling Group, thank you so much.”
A representative from NCG said, "NCG are proud to support The Wingate Special Children’s Trust as their chosen charity for this year - it's important for us as a group to be able to put something back into the local community. We would like to thank everyone who took part and all the members who helped to organise this successful event, you are all a credit to NCG, and thanks again to our sponsors Morrisons, Chatwins, Halfords, Training Bytesize, Swanline Print and Nantwich Book Shop and Coffee Lounge."
NCG are a Cheshire based cycling group, who are free to join and run by its members at all levels - beginners, sportive enthusiasts and racers. For further information relating to NCG, please join their Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nantwichcycling/