The annual Marlow Red Kite Ride sportive which took place in September this year raised £21,000 for local good causes including: Wheels for All, Bisham; Younger People with Dementia; Wycombe Homeless Connection; Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Marlow Sports Club. A ceremonial presentation took place this Saturday, 14 December, at The Britannia pub in Marlow.
Each charity received a donation of £4,000 with the exception of Marlow Sports Club which received £5,000 as it also receives a ‘usage fee’ for the use of club facilities for the Red Kite Ride (based on the number of riders that take part in the event).
Event Director, Graeme Badenoch commented: “The Red Kite Ride continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to have raised so much for charity. At Marlow Riders we are keen to provide the ultimate cycling event, organised by cyclists for cyclists. We believe that it is our attention to detail that keeps riders coming back year after year.”
Chris Heath, Chair of Marlow Riders added; “The Red Kite Ride has now raised well over £70,000 in the 8 years that it has been running. I’d like to thank Graeme and his team, and the 100 + volunteers from Marlow Riders that help to organise and run the event, and also to thank our neighbours and the residents of Marlow who have been so supportive.”
Clare Allen, Events Fundraising Manager at Thames Valley Air Ambulance said; “Thames Valley Air Ambulance would like to thank the organisers and everyone who took part in the event for the generosity and continued support. We really wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support of the local community.”
Mark Hainy, Director at Younger People with Dementia stated; “Young Onset Dementia is a life-limiting disease, and thanks to the generosity of the Red Kite Bike Ride YPWD can continue to play its part in making positive memories through the delivery of working week activities for this unique set of people and their carers.”
James Boultbee, CEO of Wycombe Homeless Connection said “I’d like to thank Red Kite Ride for their vital donation. This generous gift will help us continue to prevent homelessness before it starts while also reducing the impact of homelessness on the most vulnerable in our community.”
Neil Robertson, Co-Chair of Marlow Sports Club said; “We could not be more grateful for the continued support from Red Kite Ride and Marlow Riders. This generous donation will enable Marlow Sports Club to continue to enhance sporting facilities for people in Marlow and the surrounding area – a green space for current and future generations to meet, get and stay fit and enjoy a place that promotes well being and self belief.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Thames Air Ambulance
Thames Valley Air Ambulance is at the frontline of saving lives. Our team gives you the best chance when the worst happens.
Wheels for All – Bisham
The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.
All the centres are equipped with specially adapted cycles and Wheels for All trained leaders, who have the knowledge and confidence to work with adapted cycles for participants to enjoy the benefits of cycling. The centres welcome individuals, groups and families to be involved.
Wycombe Homeless Connection
We believe that no one should be homeless at all. Wycombe Homeless Connection helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We help people find safe and stable homes, fight unfair evictions and help people understand their rights to housing. We also help in urgent situations with gifts of food, clothes and by running our winter night shelter.
YPWD – Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire)
Younger People with Dementia was established in 2012 to provide a range of unique support and ancillary services to people diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia (people under the age of 65) and to their families and carers, across Berkshire covering Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough and Wokingham. We provide advice, help and support, through workshops, support groups and social events to enable people affected by Young Onset Dementia to live a fuller life, enabling them to better cope with the challenges that they face with this progressive disease, particularly at a life stage when they would expect to still have a career, be supporting their family and have an active social life.
Marlow Sports Club
Marlow Sports Club is a fantastic community facility right in the heart of town. We promote sport for everyone, with a sustained collective membership of well over 2000 of all ages from the eight sporting groups that use our facility plus many more who do so on a less regular basis or as visitors and participants in the events that are run by the different sports sections.
We offer a diverse range of sports including: Cricket, Cycling, Football, Hockey, Petanque, Running and Tennis. Added to this, our facility is also shared by Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School for the purpose of school sports who operate as a section of the club. We are proud to offer a world-class hockey pitch, four flood-lit all-weather tennis courts, five junior football pitches, petanque terrains, and an excellent cricket pitch with first class practice nets. We are also home to the Marlow Riders cycling club and the Marlow Striders running club.
Marlow Sports Club is a place that promotes well-being, we are a community hub open to all, irrespective of age, background, physical/sporting ability or physical status. We continue to invest in the existing infrastructure as well as improvements driven by our sports sections.
About Marlow Riders
Marlow Riders was set up in 2012 to provide ‘Cycling for All’. We are an inclusive club, we provide encouragement for those new to the delights of road cycling in a group, and a framework for more experienced riders to improve and progress. At Marlow Riders there is pretty much something for everyone.
Our focus is safety and enjoyment, with a strong social element, and nobody gets left behind. We love a cake and coffee stop –but only after we earned it!!
For more details about Marlow Riders visit: www.marlowriders.org.uk
Connect with us at : www.facebook.com/marlowredkiteride
Press contact: Andreina West, Marlow Riders, 07788 583711