THE team at Sarum Vision were once again proud to organise a charity bike ride to support the local community.
For the second year running the charity bike ride proved a huge success, raising £4,230 for the Salisbury food bank.
Participants travelled from all over the country to support the cause and the nine-strong team completed a route of over 160 miles in two days taking in some of the best sights that Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset has to offer.
The ride started in Salisbury, travelled through the New Forest to Lymington and along the coast to Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck on the first day. The second day returned to Salisbury via Corfe Castle, West Lulworth and the North Dorset Cycleway.
As was the case last year, the value of donations made on the GoFundMe page was matched by Sarum Vision, effectively doubling the contribution made to the food bank.
Matt Wakefield, one of the organisers and a consultant specialist at Sarum Vision said: “We are so thankful to everyone who supported our challenge. With your help we have raised over £4,000 for the Salisbury food bank.
“The Salisbury food bank does an incredible job helping our community and we felt donating funds would make a timely and tangible impact for those struggling in these difficult times.
“Hearing familiar stories of how some parents are going without to make sure their children had enough food to eat, is simply heartbreaking.
“No one should have to make such a sacrifice. We were so lucky with the weather as days before we set off the forecast was looking bleak.”
Naeem Haq, the other organiser and also a consultant specialist at Sarum Vision added: “I am delighted that the charity ride is going from strength to strength.
“The ride went very smoothly despite the larger group and we only had one puncture. We are so grateful to all who donated and we’re already looking forward to next year.”
Maria Stevenson, Salisbury Foodbank manager said: “We are blown away by the support of Sarum Vision. Fund matching the donations was the cherry on the top of the cake.
“I’m always in awe of people who challenge themselves to support good causes – it’s so selfless. We simply couldn’t exist as a food bank without fundraisers like Sarum Vision.”