The staff at a local housing association have cycled the 28 miles from Burnley to Manchester to raise vital funds for Women's Aid, who provide life-saving, anti-domestic abuse services.
Gearing up for the gruelling cycle southwards through the Rossendale Valley, employees from The Calico Group took to their saddles as part of The Charted Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Presidential Cycling Challenge, which saw staff from housing associations across the North of England do their bit for charity.
Welcoming keen participants from the likes of North Wood Housing and Procure Plus as well as Calico, the challenge was set by Robin Lawler, CEO of Northwards Housing, and is raising funds for Women’s Aid, the chosen charity of CIH President, Alison Inman.
“We’re supporting Women’s Aid because whilst we build the best homes we also believe there should be safe places to live," said Alison. "Sadly for victims of domestic abuse, often they are not. Calico are leading the way in supporting victims with complex needs and, when Robin offered to organise this charity bike ride, I was blown away.
"It’s been so hot, but they absolutely nailed it," she added. "Everyone deserves a drink.”
Well-supported by Calico's Bean Good Coffee Shop, who offered food and refreshments for the cyclists, and Calico Homes, who provided a van as a support vehicle, the likes of Steve Aggett, Calico's Group Director of Finance; Rachel Donovan, Business Development Officer; and Phil Jones, Group Head of Skills, Employability, and Enterprise all took part.
“Women’s Aid is a great cause," said Steve. "We wanted to highlight the need for more funding for victims of domestic abuse. At the moment there is no government or agency fund to help tackle the problem.
"Here at Calico we have six refuges across the North West, all funded through grants and charity donations," Steve added. "We hope today we’ve shone a light on the issue.”
For more information about the Cycling Challenge, or to donate, visit www.charteredinstituteofhousing.everydayhero.com/uk/cih-presidential-bike-ride