Mayor gears up for charity cycle ride - 3 May 2017

The Mayor of Taunton Deane, Councillor Vivienne Stock-Williams, is taking part in The Rotary Club’s 50/50 Cycle Ride and Walk this Sunday (7 May 2017).

Councillor Stock-Williams and her consort Ian Stock will be riding bikes loaned by Ralph Colman Cycles.

The event gives participants the option of donating half of their sponsor money to a charity of their choice with the other half going to the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) - one of the Mayor’s nominated charities for the year.

CHSW provides hospice care for children with life limiting conditions and their families.  Care at the three centres in the South West ranges from short breaks to respite, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care.

The annual event has raised over £190,000 for good causes in the last 21 years.  Money raised through the event this year will be used to buy a huge TV and games for the teenagers at Little Bridge House in North Devon.

There is still time to register for the event which starts from the Genesis Centre at Bridgwater and Taunton College from 10:00 am.  Options for cyclists include a 10-mile route, a 15-mile route and a 21-mile route all of which take in part of the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal.  The family-friendly walks are around Longrun Meadow and Netherclay Wood.

Prizes are available to teams and individuals raising the most sponsorship money which needs to be collected by 5 September 2017.  More information and entry forms are available from the Rotary Club of Taunton website or by following this link

Councillor Stock-Williams said: “There is still time to enter and I would urge everyone to take part if they can and help to raise funds for the Children’s Hospice South West and a charity of their own choice.  It’s a win-win situation and added to that the routes are interesting and the prizes are superb.  I’m looking forward to taking part.”



Jo Comer, Civic Officer, 01823 356391
Becky Howat, Media and Communications Support Officer, 01823 356407.