Staff and customers from West Leeds’ Aspire Community Benefit Society will be taking part in a charity bike ride to raise money to buy activity and sensory equipment for their Bramley day centre, writes Keely Bannister.
Mandy Bannister – a support worker at Aspire’s Bramley day centre – has asked for support for the riders, some of whom have learning disabilities:
“On 21st August myself, colleagues and some customers with learning disabilities will be taking part in an adapted bike challenge using a wheelchair bike and a duel bike from Bramley Day Service to Millennium Square to raise money for our centre.
“We want to raise money to buy activity and sensory equipment for our customers as it’s quite expensive.
“We would like as many spectators on route as possible to cheer us on and give support. It would be amazing to have encouragement and support on route, so if you can spare some time on, it would be much appreciated.”
The ride – which is taking place on Wednesday 21st August – will start from the Bramley day centre on Stanningley Road at 10:30am and then travel to Millennium Square in Leeds City Centre via:
- Down Stanningley Road to Armley Park, where a change of riders will take place
- Continuing down to Ledgard Way when a left will be taken onto Canal Road
- Turning right at the Shell Garage off Canal Road onto Kirkstall Road
- A further stop and change of drivers will happen at the ITV Studios on Kirkstall Road
- The ride will then continue to The Headrow
- A left turn will be made at Cookridge Street into Millennium Square
People can donate using the Just Giving page which has been set up by Mandy.
Supporters have already posted their support on the page.
Gail and Sean wrote:
“Good luck Mandy and friends on a great if not crazy idea to raise money for a worthy cause. Hope the donations come flooding in because you deserve it, every one of you mad fools! (lol) xx”
“Thank you for always being selfless, inspirational and strong. I hope you raise an amount you are happy with, it is more than well deserved. Love always.”
As well as the bike ride, a walk for people of all abilities is also being held around the Bramley Day Centre on Thursday 22nd August to aid the fundraising.
Aspire Community Benefit Society is a staff-owned, not-for-profit, social enterprise with charitable status who provide care and support services to adults with a learning disability.