At the end of May, five Boldmere Dads will be attempting to cycle the perimeter of Northern Ireland to raise money to buy cycling and sports equipment for Boldmere Infant and Junior Schools.
The quintet of MAMILs (aka middle-aged men in lycra!) will be pedalling over 440 miles in just four days – which is no mean feat, even for regular cyclists. And in doing so, they are aiming to raise £2,000 for the schools.
The money raised will be used to buy additional cycling and outdoor equipment beyond that the school would otherwise be unable to afford, for the benefit of all the schools’ children.
The five are all cycling enthusiasts who ride with the Boldmere Bullets Cycling Collective and between them have six children attending Boldmere School. They’re taking this challenge seriously – since starting their training in January, the five have collectively clocked up over 400 hours on the saddle, covering some 7,000 miles (more than a return trip from Boldmere to New York!) in the most miserable of winter conditions.
All the costs for the trip have been covered by the Dads and with the help of their three sponsors, so all money pledged will go directly to funding the cycling and outdoor equipment via the PTA.
Tom Swinbourne, who came up with the idea, said:
“We all love cycling and feel really passionately about inspiring others to love cycling too. We’re really chuffed that the money we raise through this charity challenge will be used to fund bikes and bike kit for the school to use with the kids. We’re really excited to be heading out to Belfast after months of training. It’s going to be a tough but massively enjoyable four days, wish us luck!”
So please do support this fantastic fundraising adventure if you’re able by pledging at: