A total of £800 was raised by Team Launchpad during the annual Tribute Audax ride – a cycling challenge on Saturday 3 October which sees cyclists take on 50, 100 or 200km routes in aid of two charities, one of which was Launchpad.
Members of staff decided to gather a small team together to take part and fundraise so Launchpad can continue supporting vulnerable people in Reading. The brave team included fundraising manager Kate Martin, CEO Ian Caren, caretaker Paul Banks and supporters Laura and Edd Bilbe, and they completed 58km through Berkshire and Oxfordshire whilst battling the pouring rain and harsh winds.
This year has seen many fundraising events get cancelled, postponed or hosted virtually, so when there was an opportunity to get involved in a fundraising challenge outdoors, Launchpad staff members jumped at the opportunity. It was another chance to raise money to prevent homelessness just before our leading event, Big Sleep Out at home launched the following week. Read all about that event in another one of our news stories here.
Kirsti Wilson, Head of Marketing and Fundraising at Launchpad, said: “I would like to thank the cyclists who took on the Audax challenge on Saturday 3 October in pretty tough conditions – we really appreciate your support and dedication! And we’d also like to say a big thank you to Audax for selecting Launchpad to benefit from the event. The funds raised really will help support Reading’s most vulnerable.”
The team started out in Caversham at around 9am, already soaked and cold, and completed the challenge in around five hours – as Kate Martin describes: “We were determined to stick together and finish as a team. Despite the weather, epic puddles, a punctured tyre and unfit team members, we managed to finish the challenge around 2pm. I want to thank everyone involved for such a great, well organised day and I can’t wait to do it all again in 2021.”
The Audax Cycle ride will return next year in April – if you would like to be involved with this cycle challenge then stay tuned on our website here to find out more soon or to register.