Two Burnley FC in the Community staff members are gearing up to cycle from Turf Moor to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to mark the last weekend of the Premier League season and raise money for their favourite charities.
Gwilym Jones, Primary and Secondary Schools Engagement Manager, and Michael Colquhoun, Head of Community Welfare and Inclusion will begin their epic cycle on 20 May 2021 setting off from Burnley FC’s Home Ground, Turf Moor.
The pair will cover approximately 250 miles over 2.5 days, stopping off at other football clubs along the way including Manchester City, Stoke City, Leicester City, MK Dons and Northampton Town before reaching Tottenham Hotspur in North London on 22 May 2021.
The charity cycle was originally planned to take place earlier in the year but was rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The dedicated duo kept up with their training during this time and even got a head start on their fundraising.
Derian House Children’s Hospice provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people from across the North West.
Mick Croskery, Community Fundraising Manager at Derian House said: “We are so pleased that Gwil and Michael are finally able to get on their bikes and head down to London. The same lockdown that prevented them from cycling from Burnley to Tottenham Hotspur in February has also caused charities like us to suffer considerable financial losses.
“Before they even set off they have raised a great amount of money for us and the awareness they will create for the charities as they travel the 250 miles is invaluable. We hugely appreciate the support both themselves and Burnley FC in the Community have shown to us. Good luck guys!”
The care provided at Derian House is free for families, but services cost £5million to run every year. With only 12 per cent of funding coming from the government, the charity relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters.
Gwilym and Michael aim to raise £1,500 for their chosen charities. You can sponsor them here: