Supporting Local Charities
Together with friend, and fellow cyclist, Andy Cawley, we set up the Humber Bridge Sportive 5 years ago; we did so with 3 clear aims in mind:
- Firstly, to raise as much money as possible for local charities – our current total stands at over £60,000!!
In 2018 we gave £20,000 to local children’s charities.
- Secondly, to use the Humber Bridge as a focal point for the ride – it had never previously been used for a cycling event. Our iconic”bridge has been a great draw, and in the past 2 years alone, we have attracted around 350 riders from beyond the borders of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire!
- Thirdly, to promote cycling to young people and to those who aren’t necessarily club cyclists, but who want a challenge. Around 100 of our riders in 2017 were under the age of 14, which is great to see, especially since youngsters frequently get a bad press for their lack of exercise! Furthermore, all of these kids are accompanied by at least 1 parent, so it’s become a real family affair. Most of this group rode the 22 mile route, but a handful challenged themselves to ride either the 42 or 62 mile route.
Together with the backing of Hesslewood Office Park, and a fantastic team of helpers, we also run a Family Day with Farmers’ Market stalls, top UK cycling stunt team Savage Skills, ice cream and beer! We are beginning to get terrific support from local businesses, and this is something we would really like to build on in order to maximise our donations to charity.
Whilst the ride has grown since its inception, with numbers rising from around 300 in 2014 to 850 in 2019, the Humber Bridge Sportive is very much still a “work in progress”!
Ian Nicholls, Ride organiser
2017 – The Ellie Penrose Fund
2018 – Families Together Service, Special Stars Foundation, Cure DM CIC and Bundles of Joy (pictured above).
2019 – Charities and Projects
P.A.U.L For Brain Recovery – the charity is looking to purchase iPads together with the latest software programmes which will help with patients’ recovery.
R-evolution – the charity has funded a project to provide bicycles, helmets and lights to a group of young Syrian refugees who are now living in our city.
Spirit of Goole – this group offers young people from disadvantaged and deprived backgrounds the opportunity to learn new skills in engineering. They will now be able to buy the aircraft skin and specialist glues required to cover their bi-plane.
FIND3 – the organisation now has the funds to begin work on creating a sensory room and to buy a projector for their film evenings.
It has also been possible to contribute £2,000 towards the purchase of an assisted bike for Daren Smith, which will be a massive help in his recovery from a stroke.
Contributions have also been made to Hull4Heroes and Hull Women’s Aid.
Thank you to all our riders, volunteers and sponsors, for your support in making this happen.