YEOVIL NEWS: Cyclists return home after marathon bike ride
CYCLISTS received a triumphant homecoming welcome to Yeovil on Wednesday (July 12, 2017) when they completed a sponsored bike ride from France.
The cyclists from Old Mill Financial Planners and Accountants pedalled from St Malo in France to the company’s Yeovil offices in Petters Way – more than 320 miles over four days.
The Old Mill cyclists are no strangers to marathon bike rides in aid of charity as this was their third summer cycle challenge.
On this occasion the cycle challenge had a very poignant message. In August last year, the Old Mill family lost Exeter employee Nick Baker to a short and sudden battle with cancer.
PHOTO - TOP: The cyclists with members of Nick Baker's family.
PHOTO - RIGHT: The cyclists back home.
An Old Mill spokesman said: “Nick was Old Mill’s true action man, having run marathon’s and completed John o’ Groats to Land’s End, as well as participating in the previous two Old Mill charity cycle challenges raising money for School in a Bag.
“He was a much loved character and a great support during both rides, offering support, knowledge and advice whilst on two wheels and well in to the evenings on both challenges.”
This year’s charity effort was named the Nick Baker Memorial Ride and in support of two charities – Marie Curie, as chosen by Nick’s parents, who provide care and support to people and their families with a terminal illness, and School in a Bag who send rucksacks filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils to poor, orphan, disadvantaged and disaster affected children around the world.
The cyclists arrived back in Yeovil on Wednesday lunchtime where they were greeted by Old Mill colleagues, family, friends and supporters including Nick’s parents and other relatives.
Proceeds from this event are to be split 50/50 between each charity with the current total on the online Virgin Money Giving website standing at more than a whopping £16,000.
Organisers would like to thank everyone who has sponsored the cyclists and those wanting to make a donation can do so – by going to this link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=nickbakerOM&isTeam=true .
PHOTOS: Back home safe and sound.