Clare Mahdiyone from Stroud Valleys Project is leading the way for the environmental charity’s fundraising bike ride on June 19 by getting on a bike after 30 years.
“It was a challenge to get back in the saddle after such a long time,” said Clare, who is director of projects at SVP, “but I am determined to give it a go.” Clare, who did not own a bike, contacted the newly formed The Gloucestershire Bike Project and bought one of their refurbished bikes specially to take part.
So far she has been promised £400 in sponsorship but is hoping to raise lots more. “We decided to organise the bike ride partly to raise money to keep the charity running and partly as a fun day out in the countryside giving families a chance to take a more leisurely look at some of our project work and the wonderful area we live in,” explained Clare.
The event is being organised in partnership with the Museum in the Park ride starts and finishes through the Jubilee Gates. People have a choice of three routes (10,12 or 36 miles) through the Severn Vale passing several locations that Stroud Valleys Project has worked on. Anyone interested can sign up on the website or call in at our eco shop in Threadneedle Street for sponsorship forms.