Grantham businesses are being urged to get behind a fun charity event which it is hoped will raise thousands of pounds for a children’s ward hospital project.
A cycle ride organised by staff at Simon Hopkins Electrical Services last year to raise money for a church spire appeal was so successful, they are planning a similar event this summer.
Company secretary Jeana Hopkins, whose son Simon is managing director of the business, said: “Last year’s event raised more than £6,000 for St Wulfram’s Church Spire appeal and we had wonderful support from many local firms.
“Afterwards, we were asked if we would organise another one, so we have started the ball rolling.
“The ride is a chance for local businesses to get involved in a fun family day, while putting something back into the community.
“We wanted to do something for Grantham, and the hospital, and especially its children’s ward, is a deserving cause.”
Jeana, Simon and other members of staff from the business, based in Bath Street, went along to Kingfisher ward at the hospital, when they were told how a sensory room, which would stimulate children with light and sound, would benefit patients with many different types of illness.
As a result, the event, called the Kingfisher Ride, will raise funds to buy equipment for the room and the electrical firm’s bosses have pledged to help install it.”
A team from the firm will be taking part in the ride, including Simon, Jason Perry, Ben Ward, Luke Gordon, Rob Belcher, Martin Clark and financial controller Pauline Brumhead.
More than 80 riders took part in last year’s ride from St Wulfram’s to Long Bennington and finishing in Belton. The event which was praised for its smooth running.
Now Jeana is hoping even more people will support this year’s event on Sunday September 14.
There will be two routes, and although these have not been finalised people are being asked to register their interest on the website, http://www.sh-es.co.uk/thekingfisherride