Over £11,000 has been raised to buy school uniform, shoes and coats for children living below the poverty line in Luton thanks to a charity cycle ride organised by Ryebridge Construction.
More than 20 cyclists met at St Matthew’s Primary School to cycle to Paris and raise much needed funds for local charity Level Trust.
The cyclists, who included Ryebridge Director Daniel Coyle and five colleagues, were cheered on by the St Matthew’s Primary pupils who cycled to school and made flags and banners.
It also proved a family affair, with Daniel’s father and company founder John Coyle driving a support vehicle, mum Patsy Coyle driving another and brother in law Simon taking to his saddle to join the cycle ride.
Ryebridge mechanic Dave Bartlett and son Ashley joined in the adventure, driving another support vehicle all the way to Paris.
Jane Malcolm, CEO of the charity, said: “Ryebridge are big supporters of ours. They have been incredibly generous in putting this event together for us, raising funds which make a real difference to children in Luton.”
Daniel added: “We are passionate supporters of Level Trust, a charity that does essential and life changing work, ensuring all children in Luton have equal access to learning. We were delighted to organise this event, supported by many other businesses and the wider community.”
The group cycled through London down to Brighton before taking the overnight ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe on the north coast of France. From there they cycled to the French capital, arriving together at 6.30pm on Saturday.
You can still donate via Daniel’s Just Giving page.