Water way to raise money for charity

Cyclists who completed a 104-mile challenge in aid of The Epiphany Trust
Cyclists who completed a 104-mile challenge in aid of The Epiphany Trust

An intrepid team of cyclists got in the saddle for an arduous ride to help a local charity provide clean drinking water for some of the world’s poorest people.

The team of 20 riders set off from The Raj in Culcheth and completed a 104-mile trip to Buxton and back again for The Epiphany Trust, based in Newton-le-Willows.

The cyclists also picked up water from the Derbyshire town’s famous spa and came back to Culcheth with it, representing the long distances many people in poverty have to go to visit a clean, safe drinking source.

The Epiphany Trust hopes to raise £20,000 throughout the year to dig 80 wells in rural villages in Bangladesh.

Organiser Paul Hardman, from the Culcheth Roadsters cycling team, said: “We wanted to do this ride to highlight how far some people have to travel to get their water from a natural source.”

The riders took just under six hours to complete the gruelling journey which involved going over the Cat and Fiddle pass, rated by some cyclists as one of the most dificult climbs in the country.

The Raj restaurant, which sponsors the cycling club which provided a dozen of the riders, and is also partnering the Epiphany Trust in the Bangladesh project, will now host a fund-raising evening including a presentation ceremony for the riders.

The charity supports disadvantaged and disabled children and communities around the globe and is arranging a series of fund-raising nights and dinners throughout 2016 to raise its ambitious target.

The Epiphany Trust is also working in partnership with the Tauri Foundation in Bangladesh to complete the ambitious project.

For more information about the charity, visit www.epiphany.org.uk