This Sunday, 8th May 2016, ‘Bike on Track’ sees KWB take on cycling the length of the proposed HS2 route – stretching from Manchester to London – in aid of Woodlands Adventure, run by the Birmingham Boys & Girls Union.
KWB’s ‘Bike on Track’ volunteers will split into two teams, to take on the HS2 routes to Birmingham – some cycling north, from London and others cycling south, from Manchester. The challenge totals 200+ miles and KWB intends to complete both routes to Birmingham between sunrise and sunset on May 8th 2016.
Bike on Track is the first in a series of KWB-run fundraising events in aid of Woodlands Adventure & Outdoor Learning – run by The BBGU charity. The charity’s work is focused on making the centre available and accessible to all children, with particular emphasis on disabled children and children with special needs, as well as those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
KWB Property Management Director, Mark Lenton, who sits on the board of trustees for Birmingham Boys & Girls Union, said: “The BBGU has always struggled for funding. Having the most up-to-date safety equipment and a healthy sized team of well-trained staff is of the utmost importance and, whilst the camp is owned, the revenue stream does not always cover those costs.”
Fundraising got off to a great start after a successful launch event at All Bar One, Newhall Street, in April. The event saw many players in the commercial property world turn out and make a pledge – but the drive for donations continues.
John Bryce, Director of KWB, said: “Planning for this has been a labour of love, but I’m sure the long road that has led up to Sunday’s Bike on Track will pale in comparison to the one we’re actually going to pedal. Hopefully the weather will at least be kind, and I look forward to the team being reunited at the finish, at Curzon, on Sunday evening.
“I would like to encourage our peers in the Birmingham corporate world to donate to the event. In doing so, they’ll be making a great contribution that will make a noticeable impact to this cause. Generally speaking, the significance of the future HS2 on Birmingham’s economy is a language we all speak, we hope that by cycling this route specifically we will generate a healthy sum for The BBGU.”
One of the first sponsors, KWB suppliers, Parkinson Bailiff Services’ Mark Blagborough said: “Supporting a charitable fundraiser by one of our clients has a real sense of community about it. The way in which Woodlands ensures that all children have the chance to enjoy the centre – and all it has to offer – is truly admirable. This is a great opportunity to help.”
KWB will gladly continue to accept donations after the event has taken place, those who are interested and want to know more are invited to visit kwboffice.com/bike-on-track.