With The Prince’s Trust, a team of Midland businessmen have swapped their ties for tyres as they prepare to cycle 45 miles around the Warwickshire countryside to raise money for The Prince’s Trust.
Bathams Boyz Bikers, a team made up of businessmen from across Worcestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country, are taking part in the charity’s 2012 ‘Palace to Palace’ event on Sunday 20th May – an event which starts and ends at Warwick Castle.
In between their weekly training sessions the 24-strong team, who are mostly aged between 45 and 65, have so far raised a staggering £10,000 and are well on the way to reaching their £15,000 target – a sum which will help fund Prince’s Trust projects for young people across the Midlands.
Neil Bettridge, founding member of the team and a committee member for The Prince’s Trust in Worcestershire, said: “Many of us haven’t cycled since we were teenagers and although our fitness levels have improved, there has been a lot of aches and pains during our tough training sessions. But creaking bones aside, we’re looking forward to the day and making a big contribution to a charity which does so much for young people.
“Individuals and firms across the region have been very generous with their donations but we’ll be pushing hard with the event just round the corner to reach our £15,000 total.”
Neil added; “The Palace to Palace event is a great annual event but also a massive fundraising opportunity for the charity. Every one of us is delighted to be playing our part.”
To sponsor Neil and the team, who take their team name from their sponsors at Black Country brewery, Bathams, visit http://bit.ly/IKBFYE.
The Prince’s Trust is aiming for 1,000 riders to take part in the 45-mile event on 20th May and places are still available. Businesses or individuals interested in taking part can register at www.princes-trust.org.uk/palace.