Council boss takes part in 'RideLondon' in support of staff charity of the year

On Sunday 4 August, Mendip District Council's Chief Executive, Stuart Brown and his son, Ben Brown took part in the 'Prudential RideLondon' to raise money for Mendip's staff led charity of the year, CLIC Sargent.

Ride LondonThe 'Prudential RideLondon' is a 100 mile bike ride from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The Mall in central London.

Stuart and Ben took to the start line early Sunday morning with 25,000 other cyclists to take on the 100 mile challenge for the charity, CLIC Sargent. So far the pair have raised £1,439.00.

Stuart also took part in 'RideLondon 2018' and finished it in 06:04:55, this year he beat that time and completed it in 05:31:30.

Stuart Brown, Chief Executive of Mendip District Council said: ''It was an absolutely fantastic day, and a privilege to ride with my son for such a deserving charity (even though he beat me!!). The aches and pains are worth it when you see the money that people have kindly donated and recognise the good that it can do.''

Rachel Webster, CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager said: "Well done and thank you to Stuart and Ben on their excellent time and also raising such a fantastic amount of money for young lives facing cancer.

''Last year CLIC Sargent supported 78 families in Somerset when their world had been turned upside down by childhood cancer. We can only be there for these families when they need us the most through support from people like Stuart, Ben and Mendip District Council. Thank you."

CLIC Sargent supports children and family's fighting cancer. They provide grants and free accommodation near hospitals to help with costs. Their care teams help families get benefits and treatments closer to home, and they lobby the government to make sure people get the support they're entitled to. They ensure young cancer patients can focus on getting their lives back on track.

The council's Charity of the year is a staff led initiative, last year staff raised over £1,700 for Mendip YMCA and hoped to match that total this year. However, so far staff have raised over £750 and with Stuart's efforts adding to the fundraising pot, the total currently raised for CLIC Sargent stands at over £2,000.

If you would like to support Stuart and Ben raise more money for CLIC Sargent, please donate what you can through their JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stuartridelondon2019

To learn more about CLIC Sargent, visit their website: www.clicsargent.org.uk

If you have been inspired by Stuart and Ben's bike ride, you can find out how to enter the 2020 RideLondon by visiting their website: www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk