BAKEWELL: Village Aid cyclists raise £700 for African communities

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The Village Aid team cycled from Bakewell in Derbyshire to Oxford to help raise funds for communities in West Africa.

The Village Aid team decided to take on the challenge in conjunction with the Bakewell Soap Bike Visibility Challenge raising a commendable £700 in the process.

The team was inspired by Village Aid founder Andrew Kingman who completed the same 129 miles on foot in 1989.

As part of Bike Visibility 2013 – a national cycling challenge helping to raise awareness for cycling in the UK – Village Aid wanted to recreate Andrew’s fundraising journey to raise awareness of the global work the charity has been doing since 1989 from its humble origins in Bakewell.

From August 17-19 Village Aid completed the ride and had a great time along the way! Day one saw the team set off from Bakewell arriving at the YHA National Forest, Swadlincote, in high spirits just as it was starting to get dark.

Day two provided a much flatter terrain as the team cycled through beautiful countryside and Leicester’s bustling city centre as they made their way south.

The final day and the fundraisers were suffering from sore legs but with the end in sight, they pedalled on and made it to Oxford in their target of three days.

For further information or photos on the Bakewell to Oxford cycle ride visit the website www.facebook/bakewellsoap.

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