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Epic charity cycle ride challenge makes final stop in Westminster

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A Coventry small business owner, completed a gruelling 256 mile cycle ride to raise money for a charity that gives crucial support to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

Ian O’Donnell, owner of Real Point Design in Meridan and a Non-Executive Board Director at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), cycled from FSB HQ in Blackpool to its Westminster office in London. 

The 256 mile journey was completed over three days and Ian will stopped off on route at the London border at the Middlesex and Herts border stump before making the trip to Central London – stopping at FSB members, Salieri, on the Strand for some light refreshments – and then a final leg down the Mall where he was met by the Mayor of London’s Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman.

The charity cycle ride was the idea of keen cyclist Ian to raise money for Rainbow Trust, FSB Chairman’s nominated charity for 2019. 

Rainbow Trust supports families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness and need the bespoke support. The charity enables families to make the most of time together; providing expert practical and emotional support, where they need it, for as long as it is needed.

Ian said: “The idea for the cycle ride was to help support the charity but also at the same time encourage others to get fit for business. The ride has been tough and taking on the challenge has been a huge commitment, but it has definitely been worthwhile knowing that Rainbow Trust and the families that it helps support will be benefiting from this. Rainbow Trust is a remarkable charity.” 

The challenge has also presented an opportunity to raise the importance for small businesses and their staff of getting fit for business. 

Ian added: “The training and the cycle ride itself has allowed me to undertake regular physical activity which has been beneficial for me and the business. It is hard finding time as a small business owner for physical activity but it is vital that this is embraced as part of a busy working life. 

“Exercise such as walking, cycling and running can all help in making you better prepared, be more productive and have other benefits such as less absenteeism from your staff. It has certainly helped me to be more positive and reduce stress levels. As a result I would absolutely encourage others to join in with the FSB campaign and get fit for business.”

FSB is well on its way to reaching its grand total target of £22,000 this year for Rainbow Trust.