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FSB charity bike ride comes to GM and Cheshire

A charity bike ride between Blackpool and London saw fundraisers make their first pit-stop in Bolton town centre on Wednesday, March 20. 

The fundraiser, organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), saw a team of riders stopping at Bolton Town Hall for a 20 minute rest and refuel stop, where they met the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Elaine Sherrington, and other well-wishers (pictured).

The group, led by FSB board member Ian O’Donnell, were also joined by the FSB’s North West Regional Chair and Manchester man, Chris Manka, who joined the group for the next leg of their journey to Wilmslow in Cheshire. 

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The group, who will be joined by other cyclists for each leg of their route, will finish their journey in Westminster on Friday at FSB’s policy office. 

It is hoped the ride will raise funds for the children’s charity, The Rainbow Trust, which is FSB Chairman’s chosen charity of the year. It provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness. 

Supporting the initiative, GM cycling czar, Sir Chris Boardman, said: “Travelling by bike is fantastic way to keep fit and I wish everyone at the FSB taking part well. I’m pleased to hear the route chosen took in Greater Manchester where we have plans to deliver the UK’s largest cycling and walking network.”

Bolton businessman, Phil Thompson, FSB Area Lead for Greater Manchester, said: “A big thanks also to the Mayor for taking time to meet the group. It was a chilly day, but a fantastic warm welcome from the town of Bolton, as I knew it would be.” 

He added: “It’s been great to see everyone working hard to deliver for a very worthy charity which has an office here in Greater Manchester. Every penny raised goes towards helping very poorly children.”