BIKE RIDE RAISES £10,000 FOR PROSTATE CANCER UK

A Burton Albion team taking part in a 145-mile charity bike ride from Barnsley to Amsterdam has raised £10,000 for charity.

Organisers Prostrate Cancer UK put the Brewers cyclists in fifth place for their fundraising efforts.

Football to Amsterdam 2017 is Prostate Cancer UK’s flagship football-fundraising event and an occasion the Brewers have been proud to support for the second year. It took place this year from June 9-11.

The team members taking part would like to thank everyone who has sponsored them or who took part in fundraising events, with the whole cycle race raising over £500,000 for the charity.

Football to Amsterdam is supported by teams from football clubs and fans across the country who were joined by football legends such as former England players Terry Butcher and Les Ferdinand.

As well as supporting Prostate Cancer UK, Burton Albion has held prostate cancer screenings events at the Pirelli Stadium organised by the club’s community trust in conjunction with Burton’s Queen’s Hospital. Holding the screenings at the Pirelli Stadium has resulted in a large number of men being screened and those diagnosed positive going on to be treated for the disease.

Dave Green, at Cycling 2000 Burton, was part of the Brewers team on the Football to Amsterdam ride.

He said: “I am so proud of all the team finishing the race. They all worked so hard and to watch their journey from the beginning of the year, from some not having ridden a bike for years, and how they progressed was truly inspirational.

“During the six months of training, I was happy to create training plans and to supply bikes to the team, so they were all set up properly for the challenge ahead. We even did a training session at Curborough Circuit near Lichfield, with a cycling coach, to learn how to ride together as a team on the road and it worked a treat, because we were nick-named The Brewers Train!”

Fleur Robinson, Commercial Director at Burton Albion, was also part of the team.

She said: “We are all delighted to complete the bike ride and raise so much money for Prostate Cancer UK. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us and the Burton Mail for covering our story along the way – knowing that you were all rooting for us made sure we trained hard and kept going when things got tough on the journey.

“Our system to make it through to the end was to stick together as a team, in true Brewers spirit, and pace ourselves throughout the journey, and we steamed along together for the whole of the ride.

“A special mention must go to Dave Green of Cycling 2000 who has helped the team in so many ways – from checking the safety of our bikes, to maintenance throughout the race, and teaching us how to ride long distance. We really couldn’t have achieved what we did without him. Thanks again for everyone’s support – here’s to next year!”

The Burton Albion team were: Fleur Robinson, Commercial Director at Burton Albion; Dave Green, Cycling 2000; Jodie Barks, Ticket Manager at Burton Albion; Aaron Savva, Education Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust; Rebecca Scope, Burton Albion Community Trust; Deb Holland, Assistant Head Teacher at The Pingle School; Maria Allen, The Pingle School; Adrian Hancock, Burton Albion supporter; Carl Sandars, Burton Albion Supporter; Scott Harrison, Brunel Healthcare.