Before and during today's home Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday, supporters at Huish Park may see a number of cyclists and bicycles at Huish Park. The YTFC Get Pedalling 2014 team are providing a promotion for their charity-raising campaign that is due to reach its pinnacle on the last day of the 2013-14 season when they plan a marathon cycle ride that will be centred around the club's home match against Middlesbrough on May 3rd.
Today they will be helping raise funds directly for the Prostate Cancer UK charity as part of a half time collection, so please give generously to their cause. The Royal Mail will also be providing their own inputs by pledging to double what Yeovil Town and Sheffield Wednesday fans put into the buckets, so this is a good opportunity for that charity to benefit in a big way.
If you've not been aware of the YTFC Get Pedalling campaign, one of the organisers Ben Tupman, a regular Glovers fan, has provided some background on their plans, which are summarised as follows:
"On 28th April 2014, 68 cyclists will be making the long coach journey to Middlesbrough. The following morning at around 7.30a.m. they will begin the even longer journey home on bicycles! A total of 334 miles will be covered between the Tuesday morning and kick off on the following Saturday. Three local charities will benefit from the efforts of the cyclists, supported by EventsCrew. St Margaret’s Hospice, Prostate UK and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will have all donations split equally between them.
The ride will travel from Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium to Leeds, Nottingham, Stratford upon Avon and Bath before arriving hone to cheer the team on in their final game of this Championship season.
Last year’s event, with 16 riders, raised over £1,000 for each charity. This year’s target is far greater, with hopes that the ride may be able to generate a five figure sum for each of them. This will be no easy task. Each rider has paid £200 to ride in the event and cover their costs. After that they will each raise at least £334 (£1 per mile) in personal sponsorship. As well as this we are very fortunate to have gained support of local business to assist in covering the costs of staging such an event. Fudge’s Bakery, Octavo Direct, Thatchers Cider, WeDoVans.com, Westbury Packaging along with main sponsor DR Jones have all been extremely generous in their support of the event. There are still sponsorship packages available should companies be interested in lending their support to the ride."
A Just Giving page will be available for online donations with further events taking place between now and May. Details will be available as time progresses. If you want to stay in touch with their campaign, there are the following contact methods available:
Twitter Account: @YTFCcycle
Facebook Group: YTFC Get Pedalling
Sponsorship Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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