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Hungerford man raises over £2700 on bike ride for Newbury charity Loose Ends




A Hungerford man has raised more than £2,700 for the homeless and vulnerable on his first ever charity bike ride.

The cycle ride was in support of Newbury charity, Loose Ends, which serves the homeless and vulnerable in the town.

Andy Downs led the cycle, which finished in Newbury on Sunday, and said he is “delighted” with the outcome.

Hands are in the air as Andy Downs takes on his 100km charity cycle.
Hands are in the air as Andy Downs takes on his 100km charity cycle.

Mr Downs felt the charity was the perfect cause for him to raise money for as his wife volunteers and has recently become a trustee.

He said: “I had a target of £500 so I had no idea that I would reach this sort of value.

“I am absolutely delighted with the amount that has been raised.”

Lead cyclist Andrew Downs waves after ride for loose ends charity.
Lead cyclist Andrew Downs waves after ride for loose ends charity.

The mixed terrain was said to be “tough” as Mr Downs recalled his 100km journey.

He said: “The first 21 miles was on a tow path on the Kennet and Avon Canal and the remainder was tarmac.

“It was quite a tiring combination.”

The tricky terrain wasn’t the only “interesting” thing that happened on his journey.

Andrew received great support for his charity cycle ride .
Andrew received great support for his charity cycle ride .

Mr Downs said: “We mislaid two people along the way, in the end they had to make their own way back."

He commented that while it was “really nice” to receive recognition and praise on the day, “the people that deserve all the praise is the volunteers that give all their time and energy, day in day out, to keep Loose Ends going.

Mr Downs is still taking donations online at https://localgiving.org/fundraising/andy-cycles-for-charity/



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