Two companions and a staff member from Emmaus Salford have completed a 62-mile sponsored cycle ride to raise funds for The Christie.

On Sunday 10 July, companions Andrew and Darren teamed up with Jackie, our Business Development Manager, to complete The Christie Manchester to Blackpool bike ride. The annual event, one of the biggest fundraising cycle events in the UK, raises funds for The Christie to carry out research, care and treatment, education and extra patient services.

Andrew, a ride participant and companion at Emmaus Salford, commented: “It was a real challenge due to the heat and the fact I was on a heavy mountain bike. I didn’t think I’d complete it but managed to get there in the end. The event was very good and I want to do it again next year on a racing bike or something a bit lighter.”

The Christie Manchester to Blackpool bike ride route starts from Salford Quays and finishes at the South Promenade in Blackpool. Andrew, Darren and Jackie cycled the scenic country lanes of Lancashire and were welcomed over the finish line with a medal and entertainment including a display by the Red Arrows.

Darren added: “It was tiring but very good to do the 62 miles for a good cause. The roads were really nice to ride through and the stewards along the route were excellent. I had good support from Jackie and it felt emotional when I crossed the line. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to raise funds for The Christie.”

Darren cycling into the finish in Blackpool

An act of solidarity

Andrew and Darren are part of a community of people, known as companions, supported at Emmaus Salford. Our charity supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home, work, training and individual support for as long as they need it.

Jackie Smith, Business Development Manager at Emmaus Salford, said: “A charity bike ride is something I’ve always wanted to do, and the day was a brilliant experience. I am so proud of Andrew and Darren for their dedication to train and then complete the 62 miles.

“I’d like to give sincere thanks to our friends and helpers who supported us on the day. We have so far raised more than £600 and so huge thanks to the kind people who have donated to our fundraiser in support of The Christie.”

The concept of solidarity, helping individuals and groups in greater need, is a central ethos of Emmaus and a motivation for those who took part in the sponsored bike ride. Acts of solidarity can be very valuable for Emmaus companions, helping to rebuild self-esteem and proving that everyone has the capacity to make a difference to the lives of others.

If you would like to support Andrew, Darren and Jackie’s fundraiser for The Christie, please visit their fundraising page.