Caravan Guard’s Great Yorkshire Bike Ride cycling team has once again scooped the Team Award for raising the most money.
This year’s team of eight, led by Chairman Peter Wilby, raised £8,129 after taking on the 70-mile ride in June.
Peter was presented with the Highest Team Sponsorship Award at the bike ride’s wrap up party and presentation event in Leeds.
He thanked caravan industry businesses, colleagues, friends and family for their continued support and donations, which have helped the team to raise £37,400 in five years!
“Once again caravan and motorhome dealerships, holiday parks and many other business partners in the industry have supported us with their generous sponsorship,” said Peter. “We’re delighted that with their help we have won this award.”
Caravan Guard also matched many of the donations as part of its corporate social responsibility strategy – gifting £3,025 of its record breaking total.
Proceeds from this year’s Great Yorkshire Bike Ride currently stand at £111,068, and the running total of monies raised for 10 Yorkshire charities is £2,718,802. These include Epilepsy Research UK, Heart Research UK, Candlelighters Trust, Yorkshire Cancer Research, and Hollybank Trust.
The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride is an annual sponsored charity cycle ride taking in a 70 mile route from Wetherby to the coast at Filey.
Event organiser, John Taylorson MBE, congratulated Halifax-based Caravan Guard on their team performance.
“We are in awe of the total raised by the Caravan Guard team yet again, which saw them lift the team sponsorship trophy for the third year in succession,” said John. “The event is very grateful to all their riders and sponsors and for their support. In addition, Caravan Guard and Wilby Insurance are very valued sponsor companies of the event and a real part of the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride family. This event bring together 2,000 people every year, of all ages and abilities in a common aim; to have a great day cycling across the best of Yorkshire’s countryside and to raise funds for our very worthwhile group of recipient charities.”
This year’s ride was also captured on video by rider Graham Dobson, who finished the race in just six hours. Visit our You Tube channel to view.