Chain Gang’s double charity boost

Charity cyclists Charlie Last, left, and Adam Andrews, right, with their number one supporter Ryan Andrews.
Charity cyclists Charlie Last, left, and Adam Andrews, right, with their number one supporter Ryan Andrews.

DRONFIELD’S charity cycling team – The Chain Gang – have had a busy time of late after they rode two events just a week apart from each other.

Adam Andrews, Alan ‘The Tiler’ Hobson and Charlie ‘The Carpeteer’ Last rode a 35 mile route through 20 beautiful Derbyshire Villages in three hours.

They started and finished at Thornbridge Hall, near Ashford-in-the-Water, raising £80 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

This coincided with the annual Tom’s Golden Mile Challenge when hospice supporters walk the same route over 3 days.

The group was joined at Baslow by around 150 other walkers to complete the final 7 miles to Thornbridge with the last leg being led by piper Alex Richie.

This was followed by the traditional fundraisers’ event with face painting, children’s entertainment and of course a pint of Thornbridges’ famous ale or a glass of Champagne.

A week later, in what was the Gang’s 100th event, Adam and Charlie took part in British Heart Foundation’s epic London to Brighton Ride.

This 54 miler, starting at Clapham Common and with a finish on Brighton’s crowded Madeira Drive, is the largest charity bike ride in Europe, with over 27,000 cyclists involved.

They raised £250 in support of BHF in this 6 hour ride. Since 1997, The Chain Gang has raised over £38,000 for various national, regional and local charities.