Two of the region’s charities are set to receive a cash boost thanks to the pedal power of property consultancy Carter Jonas.
Teams from Carter Jonas and the local business community will be amongst more than 400 riders taking part in the second legacy cycling event in the region. The Yorkshire Pedalthon will raise cash for LandAid and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. A charitable foundation supported by the property industry, LandAid aims to improve the lives of children and young people in the UK who are disadvantaged owing to their economic or social circumstances.
Paul Morrish, chief executive at LandAid, said: “Many young people in the UK face a tough future and for those struggling with homelessness, unemployment or the consequences of leaving care, the challenges of a rapidly changing world are huge and they’re getting left behind.
“LandAid gives more than £1m every year to charities helping vulnerable young people and is supporting some great projects in Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford.
“This month we awarded £118,000 to Re’new Leeds who work to prevent young people being permanently excluded from school. Our funding will help create a space for alternative education provision and for after-school activities providing a life-saving route back from that social exclusion.
“Members of the local community will also have the opportunity to gain valuable construction experience by working on the refurbishment.
“We are so grateful to Carter Jonas for involving us in this exciting event which is raising essential funds to give communities and young people the hope of a more positive future.”
Helen Gowans, regional fundraising manager at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance said: “Our rapid response air emergency service serves a population of around 5m people across 4 million acres of Yorkshire. As a charity the only help we receive is through secondment of paramedics, through Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
“As such we rely on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire and we’re delighted to be associated once more with the Yorkshire Pedalthon.”
Last year’s Yorkshire Pedalthon raised £15,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and sustainable transport charity Sustrans. More than 67 business teams from across the region took part in the event co-ordinated by cycling event company, Iconic Cycling Events.
Starting and ending at Ripley Castle, this year’s riders will be able to choose from a 90, 70 or 40 mile route – with the 90 mile riders taking on one of the country’s top 100 cycle climbs – White Horse Bank near Kilburn.
David Aspland, Carter Jonas’ head of commercial in the northern region said: “We’re delighted that money raised at this year’s Pedalthon will support two such great charities as LandAid and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. We’re hoping that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.
“Donations received by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance will go directly into its life-saving service, while they will enable LandAid to continue its vital support for vulnerable children and young people in the UK.”
The Carter Jonas Yorkshire Pedalthon is open to both individuals and corporate teams, with individual entry costing £150 and teams of four costing £600 each.