Charitable cyclists set to saddle-up for a local hospice will be joined by a motorbike which has travelled across Africa thanks to the generosity of one of the event’s volunteers.
Max MacGillivray, who runs Redfox Executive Selection – a recruitment business in the fresh produce sector, in Fornham St Genevive, will be supporting St Nicholas Hospice Care’s 60 mile cycle challenge – The Edge.
Last year Max, alongside his riding partner Gareth Jones, embarked on a three and a half month journey – the ‘Great Fruit Adventure’ – which saw them travel from England to Cape Town, in a bid to explain the journey fresh produce makes to our supermarket shelves.
Max, who alongside Ian Reed, has volunteered to be a support rider for The Edge will be riding the motorcycle, a Triumph Tiger 800 XCA; he used to complete his epic journey during the fundraising challenge on June 25.
Max said: “For me it is fantastic to be able to support the hospice in this way. I think what we do is also important to the riders, they feel more comfortable knowing that myself and Ian are there to support them should they get a puncture or need some help. They know they are not alone.”
Since his return to the UK, Max has been busy visiting schools to share footage of his trip and stories of the farmers he met.
Charlie De-Moore, hospice events fundraiser, said: “We are really grateful to Max and Ian for their help, their support really is invaluable to the cyclists.
“I am also looking forward to seeing Max’s motorbike as I hear it hasn’t been washed since before its 18,000 mile adventure across Africa.”
The ride, which costs £20 to enter is only open to those over 18, and sets off from Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, Southgate Green, at 9am on June 25.
Riders do not need to raise sponsorship to take part in the event, but they can if they wish and any funds raised will be gratefully received by the charity which supports people in the final chapters of their lives.
If you would like a sponsorship form or want to enter the event please contact Charlie by email Charlie.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01284 715599.