COMPASSIONATE colleagues will pedaling hard to help Warwickshire farming families during a charity bike ride.
A team of cyclists from Stratford law firm Lodders is joining a six week relay bike ride around the UK aiming to raise £100,000 for the Farming Community Network (FCN) – which supports members of the farming community through times of stress, anxiety and depression.
The 3,700-mile journey started outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday June 20 and will consist of 170 legs covering the length and breadth of the UK.
The final leg on July 31 will see Lodders’ team of James Spreckley, Alastair Frew and David Lodder take the bike ride baton and pedal 15 miles to the finish line at the NFU headquarters at Stoneleigh Park.
James said: “The aim of the relay is to help raise awareness of the issues facing farmers, while at the same time raising funds to provide on-going support for all members of the farming community and their families.
“The day to day working life of a farmer is unique, with frequent spells of lone working, enormous financial challenges and issues, and for many, last winter’s terrible weather was the final straw, and it put the farming community under unprecedented pressure.
“For some farmers, it was just too much.
“FNC provides a support network which is so vital for those members of the farming community who are really struggling. This bike ride will raise vital funds for the charity’s essential work.”
Since it was established in 1995, FCN has helped thousands of people deal with issues including financial difficulties, animal disease, mental health and family disputes.
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/loddersgaftbikeride to donate.