A charitable University of Northampton lecturer was waved off by a town MP and the Lord Lieutenant on the first day of a bike ride to Belgium in aid of a homelessness charity.
Academic Adrian Pryce and a 20 strong group of riders as embarked on the 270 mile trek to Ypres for the second ‘Ride for Hope’ event at 10am this morning.
The senior lecturer in strategy at Northampton Business School departed from the university’s Park Campus for Harwich and over the next few days will head through Holland and Belgium, arriving at Ypres on Sunday, September 6.
Adrian, who is hoping to raise £5,000 for the Hope Centre on Campbell Square, of which he is the chairman, said: “This cycle ride is my way of supporting our work and I am pleased that the event has grown in numbers from last year, helping us to raise much needed funds to support our work for those on the margins of society.”
Lord Lieutenant David Laing and Northampton South MP David Mackintosh were among those waving off the riders at the Park campus this morning.
The group is set to be welcomed by the mayor of Ypres on their arrival and are aiming to then attend the famous Menin Gate Last Post ceremony where they will lay a wreath on behalf of Northampton and the Northants Armed Forces Covenant.
The Hope Centre helps more than 100 people every day in its day centre at Northampton’s Oasis House.
You can sponsor the cyclists by visiting the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/ride4hope2015 to give a single donation.