The Bacta Charitable Trust is accelerating towards its fundraising target of £10,000 after 14 intrepid cyclists completed Sunday’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100-mile run in aid of charity partner, Rays of Sunshine.
At the time of going to press, team bacta had raised over £6,500 with donations of all amounts being made, most coming via justgiving.com/fundraising/bacta.
Bacta chief executive John White, who was completing his fourth RideLondon believes the initiative demonstrates both the commitment and the compassion of the industry and of Bacta members in particular. He said: “I’m what could be described as a reasonably serious cyclist and RideLondon is a demanding event, so for people who haven’t been on a bike for a number of years to complete the course is a real achievement.
“The reasons people volunteer to put their bodies and minds through such pain is of course due to the money that we have been able to raise for our charity partners, in this case for our colleagues at Rays of Sunshine. Of the 109 contributors, 50 are drawn from the industry and while we appreciate every single penny donated, I would like to place on record our particular thanks to Shipley Estates for donating a magnificent £1,000. A few more donations will edge us very close to our five figure target and in the process assist the magnificent work undertaken by Rays of Sunshine. I’m delighted to confirm that barring a few sore and tender parts of the anatomy all of the riders remained injury free and I would personally like to thank all the bacta cyclists.”
Bacta members have raised over £350,000 for Rays of Sunshine, which grants wishes for children and young people with a serious or life-limiting illness. The Tickets2Wishes initiative, which is administered by Bacta in aid of Rays of Sunshine, encourages customers attending the country’s Family Entertainment Centres to donate their left over redemption tickets. Operators match the amount with the value donated to Rays of Sunshine.