‘Skegvegas100’ bike ride from Derby to aid kids this weekend


A charity bike ride entitled ‘Skegvegas 100’ will roll into town on Saturday, April 5.

“There are some very good riders taking part, who will look to finish in maybe six hours and there’s also a lot more ‘regular’ riders, who will just be pleased to finish,” said a ride organiser.

Overall, 55 riders will take part, mostly from Derbyshire and this year marks the second outing for the event.

Last year, 38 riders took part, raising over £14,000.

The holiday centre gives under-privileged children in the Derbyshire area the chance to leave their current situation for a week and enjoy a holiday in Skegness, raising self-esteem, attitudes and behaviour and improving social and personal development.

The centre has close connections with many of the riders and is close to the heart of ride organiser Aaron Willis.

Anyone wishing to support the charity can do so by donating at the www.justgiving.com/skegvegas page.

“Over a summer season, the centre provides a holiday to 14 children a week, that’s 450 throughout the season,” said house manager, Ali Byerley. “It’s absolutely amazing that they raise so much and keep wanting to do it, to allow more children holidays in Skegness.”

The cyclists are all made up of different companies from the Derby area.

Organiser Aaron Willis and Callum Bates work for Derby Audi, who have provided the riders with 55 cycling jerseys for the event, including a ‘secret’ Yellow jersey for whoever finishes first.

Those wishing to support the bike ride can also donate money by text.

Text SKEG55 followed by a space and amount (Either £10,£5,£4.£3,£2 or £1) to 70070.