The riders taking part in ‘Ride 2 Bury‘ are raising money on behalf of community collective ‘Pompeys12thMan‘ to enable more shares in Portsmouth Community Football Club to be brought, and also to raise money to help a young local boy by the name of Jack Robinson.
4-year-old Jack, who was diagnosed with a terminal tumour six weeks ago, has drawn up a bucket list of wishes he would like to do before he dies.
Pompey fan Mike Fulcher, who will be part of the support team for the riders, said: “We thought it would be nice if we could use the bike ride to support what the family are trying to do, and at the same time raise a few pounds for Pompey community shares.
“Whatever we raise will be split 50/50. We hope supporters will agree both are causes are worthy of our support, and the challenge we are going to embark upon.”
Among some of Jacks wishes were to see meerkats, ride in a fire engine, and to meet singer Gary Barlow, who replied to Jack’s family’s request via Twitter to say ‘I’m on it!’.
The team behind the ride set themselves a target of £10,000, but are looking to considerably exceed this. With just over four weeks remaining before the event, the riders have recently smashed the initial £10,000 target.
The riders are aiming to have all 21 riders sponsored by local companies and the team will be having special cycling jerseys made with sponsors’ logos on.
Tom Dearie of Pompeys12thMan community group said: “We have been amazed at the level of interest shown for our #ride2bury. What started out as an idea for Carl Paddon and myself to ride to the last away game of the season, has grown over the past month or so to now include 21 riders and a support team of six including a van and two minibuses. It’s incredible!
“We hope that Pompey fans everywhere will support us on our ride and hope to see lots of you at Bury.
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