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AITC BIKE RIDE HITS £73,000

10 July 2014


 
The first ever Albion in the Community Brighton to Paris Bike Ride has raised £73,000 for the charity. 
 
AITC chief executive Michael Edwards revealed the fundraising total at a special celebration event at the Amex last night attended by cyclists, their families and event sponsors.  

 
Over 100 guests saw a special video message from Albion chairman Tony Bloom congratulating the riders and also heard from Jadey Yesilada, one of AITC's disability beneficiaries, who spoke at the event. 

The money raised by the bike ride will support Jadey's Dream, a fundraising appeal to increase AITC's disability programme aimed at giving more disabled people across Sussex the chance to take part in sport. 

 
Edwards told seagulls.co.uk,"We have far exceeded the fundraising target we set ourselves and that is down to the incredible efforts of everyone who took part. 

“It has been a great team effort all round so last night's event was just a small thank you to all the cyclists and all the sponsors, particularly Giant Shoreham and American Express, for supporting the bike ride and making it such a resounding success in its first year. We will definitely be running the event again next year."

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Albion fan Andy Barnes scooped the top individual fundraising prize, a new top of the range bike donated by Giant Bikes Shoreham. The 59 year-old from Hove raised over £4,000 having recovered from a broken ankle, sustained in a cycle accident last July, to complete last month's gruelling 130-mile ride to the French capital. 
 
He said, "It was a fantastic event to be part of and a great way to motivate myself to get back in the saddle after my accident. I'm looking forward to picking up my new bike in the next few days and have already signed up to take part next year."

 
AITC have already received over 30 entries for next year's event which is likely to place in June. To register and to find out more please e-mail millie.lanz@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.
 
Last night's event was supported by Heineken, Seagulls Travel, Identity Signage and Printing and Tanya's Tasty Cakes alongside bike ride sponsors Giant Bikes Shoreham and American Express. 




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