Cyclists embark on 410-mile ride from Leicester to Luxembourg raising £69k for charity

A group from Leicester have embarked on a 410-mile cycle ride from Leicester city centre to Luxembourg, raising over £69k for charity.

The Riders of Shaam event departed from Leicester Clock Tower on Saturday 5th August at 9.30am. The group consists of 22 cyclists and 2 support personnel, who will cycle to the port of Harwich, take an overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland, and then cycle through Holland, Germany, Belgium and then Luxembourg, totalling approximately 410-miles.

Their goal is to raise funds for important causes nationally and worldwide. The two charities supported by this year’s event are Penny Appeal and LOROS.

The projects funded by Penny Appeal include emergency aid support for war torn countries such as Syria and Yemen, the sponsorship of orphans in Gambia and providing clean water to thousands in South Asia.

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The funds raised for LOROS will be used to purchase special beds for patients who have an increased risk of falling out of bed. The low-height beds provide maximum protection to reduce the occurrence and severity of falls, which impacts rehabilitation and loss of autonomy.

This years event has already raised £68,839, exceeding the groups target of £60,000.

The cycle ride is an annual event that is organised by a group of students who met in De Montfort University in 2012, led by Amin Omar, Shamir Patel and Wazir Ausalut. Previous events have also involved rides to different parts of Europe, and so far the group has managed to raise over £115,000.

The cycle ride departed from the Clock Tower in Leicester City Centre

To find out more about the event, go to ridersofshaam.com. You will also be able to make a donation for the individual projects via the site.

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