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FSB charity bike ride makes first stop in Bolton

A charity bike ride between Blackpool and London later this month will see fundraisers make their first pit-stop on March 20 in Bolton. 

The fundraiser, organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), will see a team of riders stopping at Bolton Town Hall for a quick rest stop, during which they will meet the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Elaine Sherrington.


The group, which will be led by FSB board member Ian O’Donnell, as well as North West Regional Chair and Manchester man, Chris Manka (pictured above), will then set off bound for the FSB’s Westminster office, but with several more route stops planned along the way. 

It is hoped the charity fundraiser, which will take three days, will raise several thousand pounds for the children’s charity, the Rainbow Trust – FSB’s chosen charity of the year - which provides red letter style days for children with life limiting conditions. 

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 was chosen to take in Greater Manchester where we have plans to deliver the UK’s largest cycling and walking network.”


Bolton businessman, Phil Thompson (pictured above), FSB Area Lead for GM, said: “I will be attending on the day to cheer the team on. This is a very worthwhile cause and every penny raised goes towards helping very poorly children. 

“If any businesses in Bolton would like to join us on the step of the Town Hall to show their support then please do come along and join us.”