Local cyclist helps raise over £15,000 for Barnardo’s

Alex Cole from Crowborough recently took part in a 362-mile historical bike ride to commemorate Barnardo’s 150th anniversary, and has helped raise in excess of £15,500 for the children’s charity.

Alex Cole is standing to the right of the bear.

Alex Cole is standing to the right of the bear.

One of ten fundraisers, Alex and the team started their bike ride challenge in Holyhead on Friday 14th October and arrived to cheering crowds at Barnardo’s House in Barkingside, Essex on Tuesday 18th October 2016.

The charity’s challenge ambassador, Daley Thompson also took part on day three of the bike ride which followed Thomas Barnardo’s footsteps when he arrived from Ireland in 1866 and travelled to London.

A manager at John Lewis in Tunbridge Wells, Alex is no stranger to charity fundraising events as last year he completed his challenge of raising over £4,000 for Barnardo’s by running 12 marathons in 12 months.

Of his recent challenge, Alex Cole said:

It has been a real privilege to be a part of this challenge and raise more money for a wonderful charity.  After doing 12 events over 12 months for Barnardo’s last year I really couldn’t say no to this and I got to cycle with an Olympic Champion in Daley Thompson!  It’s been a great week, one of the best of my life.

Daley Thompson, CBE said:

It’s been an amazing experience to cycle with a great bunch of guys all raising money and awareness for some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.  I certainly believe in the children Barnardo’s supports and feel proud to have been part of this great event.

Hayley Wellfair, the organiser of the bike ride said:

I’m so proud of our amazing cyclists who took part and they should be very proud of themselves too. Not only did they undertake 362 miles of cycling across five days but they also raised vital funds for Barnardo’s and raised awareness of the work that Thomas Barnardo began 150 years ago.

To find out more about the bike ride, please visit www.barnardos.org.uk.

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