Fundraising events are often never without a ‘hitch’, as one committee found out during plans for Great British Beef Week. A planned 300 mile bike ride around the region’s eight auction marts to raise money for R.A.B.I came to an abrupt halt when lead cyclist Alastair Sneddon suffered a fractured metatarsal at work.
Not to be deterred, the feisty members of R.A.B.I Derbyshire committee, led by chairwoman Angela Sargent, set themselves up with static bikes at Bakewell market and collected £100 worth of bucket collections during their four hour stint!
R.A.B.I Regional Manager for the East Midlands, Milly Wastie said: “The committee has managed to turn a misfortunate event into a positive fundraising initiative – it was a great R.A.B.I team effort to achieve over 100 miles on the static bikes. By the end, they all had nicknames and I’d like to thank ‘Hot Pants’ Angela, ‘Speed Queen’ Sarah Helliwell, ‘Lycra Action Man’ Andrew, ‘I will give it a go’ Graham, ‘Hot Legs’ Kate, ‘Super Star’ Alastair, ‘My legs are too short’ Maggie! Plus Farmers and friends who put in some pedal power!”
As well as £100 donations on the day, the NFU pledged £500 in support at the NFU conference.