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The Recovery Ride Cycle Tour – £267 Raised

A Fundraising Recovery Ride For Addaction’s 50th Anniversary

From left to right: Julz Heywood, Helen Chapman, Paul Ablett, Stuart Sahan, Cathy Morgan, Ali Simba, Tara Bradley and Zeddy Chaudhry outside the Addaction office in Stratford upon Avon at the half way point.

On Friday 19th May, a team of volunteer cyclists took on a cycle ride to raise the public profile of Recovery as a lifestyle choice, funds for the Recovery focused programmes available at The Recovery Partnership and to celebrate Addaction;’s 50th Anniversary

A specific credit goes to organisers Zeddy Chaudhry and Paul Ablett as well as the fantastic team who cycled 34 miles in total. The ride was backed by a massive amount of supporters including Warwickshire Offices, Sheffield Office and Probation teams.

Eight people completed the cycle; volunteer Julz from Leamington Spa, Tara Bradley, Stuart Sahan, Ali Simba, Paul and Zeddy  from Addaction; Colleagues from CRC Probation, Helen Chapman and Cathy Morgan, both took the day off work to take part in this event. Besides some slippery canal paths and torrential rain, they managed to complete it in one piece AND beat the initial fundraising target by raising £267 in total !

Who took part

Seven people completed the cycle-

  • Volunteer Julz Heywood from The Recovery Partnership in Leamington Spa,
  • Tara Bradley, Stuart Sahan, Ali Simba, Paul Ablett and Zeddy Chaudhry all from The Recovery Partnership in Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • CRC Probation colleagues who generously booked time off work to take part, Helen Chapman and Cathy Morgan.

 

Crowd Support-

The Recovery Partnership and Probation Leamington Spa teams blew up balloons and streamed the event live on Facebook to send the cyclists off and celebrate a heroes return. The Recovery Partnership Stratford-Upon-Avon team welcomed the cyclists warmly during their half way point. Costa at the Maybird in Stratford-Upon-Avon then refuelled the pedaling protagonists with free coffees and cakes before they set off to complete the rest of the cycle.

 

Length and Challenges

The team set off from The Recovery Partnership in Court Street at 10.30am and had a good hour break in Stratford-Upon-Avon. They arrived back in Leamington to a heroes welcome at 3.45. That’s an average of 4 hours cycling meaning the team achieved an average of 9 miles an hour.

Zeddy was powering through on a mountain bike which proved excellent for the first 6 miles of cycling along a very slippery and narrow canal path, however became quite dangerous for her colleagues who had road bikes and after nearly losing people to the canal so the wheeling warriors were forced to reroute, adding an extra 4 miles to the journey.

Rain was the hailed antagonist of the day as the ride saw heavy downpours sandwiched between glorious sunshine before and after the ride. Nevertheless the team pushed each other through and relying on each other as a combative collaborative cell to get through the day and all really enjoyed it!

What makes this such an achievement is that some members of the team hadn’t cycled more than 6 miles in one go! The group was made of mixed ability from regular long distance cyclists to people who occasionally take a spin class to those who hate spin classes and occasional cycle short distances leisurely. Cathy Morgan in particular had not used her bike in a very long time. So it was a real challenge but we worked great together as team to push each other on.

 

The team’s quote of the day said at the beginning by Warwickshire Housing Lead, Kirk Savage who streamed the send off and welcome back was “It’s all about having fun and changing lives”

See the Addaction Warwickshire Facebook page for more updates from the Cycle – https://www.facebook.com/AddactionWarwickshire/?pnref=story

The Recovery Ride Cycle Tour – £267 Raised