Employees at the Co-operative Food Store in Amesbury, together with the surrounding areas, held a 24 hour sponsored bike ride at the Thruxton Race Circuit over the weekend of July 18th and 19th. Their objective was to raise as much money as possible for their partner charity for 2009, the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.
"I was delighted to start this sponsored bike ride, and welcomed all those who had come to the event to Thruxton".
"There were 45 teams, with 12 riders in each, and each would do two one hour sessions round the circuit. Each cyclist had raised £50 in sponsorship, but funds were being raised throughout the weekend with other activities at the circuit".
Several hundred people came along to give moral support to the riders, and they camped overnight on the circuit.
"I expect they will raise well over £20,000 for RNID, who will invest the money in improving the services which they can offer to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. It was very generous of Henry Pelham, the owner of Thruxton, to make the circuit available to the Co-operative at no cost, and the whole event was extremely well organised."