ABP Ipswich is calling on local businesses to help support a special day of cycling events to raise money for the Mayor’s charities on 24 August.
As part of the event, which is organised in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council and Elmy Cycles, a series of cycling challenges will be held at the Port of Ipswich. The cycling day will give local businesses the chance to play an active role in raising funds to support local charities and give back to the Suffolk community.
The open day will take place in Old Custom House (OCH) and will feature a series of instructor-led, indoor cycling classes for participating businesses. Members of the public will also be invited to try out sprint challenges on static bikes positioned outside the OCH entrance.
A highlight during the cycling day will be a VIP challenge with the Mayor of Ipswich, Sarah Barber, who is passionate about improving opportunities for the town’s most vulnerable people. The Mayor’s nominated charities this year are FIND – Families in Need, Lighthouse – Women’s Aid Ipswich and The Ipswich Hospital Charity.
The Mayor said: “It is a great opportunity to be working with ABP Ipswich and Elmy Cycles to involve more business people as well as the public in our fitness campaigns and to raise money for my charity fund at the same time. I am sure it will be a popular event, not only for local employees but also visitors to the Waterfront.”
Paul Ager, Port Manager for ABP’s Port of Ipswich, said, “We value the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are committed to encouraging them to play an active role in their local communities.
“That is why we have decided to offer our port facilities to host this event, so that together with our customers and participating businesses will can help raise money for the Mayor’s charities.
Local Independent cycle store Elmy Cycles from Ipswich have also pledged to support the initiative together with their partner store Waterfront Electric Bikes they will be hosting a day of Cycle Sprint Challenges.
Steven Grimwood, Owner of Elmy Cycles, said: “We are really pleased to support ABP in their fund raising initiative and we welcome their efforts in promoting a healthy lifestyle for their employees and their efforts to work with local businesses and communities to benefit the town and especially the Waterfront area.
If you are a local business or individual and would like to get involved, please email Katrina Jay, KJay@abports.co.uk for more details. Deadline for registrations is Monday, 21 August.