25 miles for 25 years - Amey use pedal power to ride for the Rainbow Centre

17 July 2015
councillor sean woodward and james mudie from the rainbow centre with the cyclists

Amey, who provide highways maintenance services across Hampshire, used pedal power to celebrate local charity, the Rainbow Centre’s 25th anniversary. 

A team of 30 riders, made up of employees from Amey, Hampshire County Council and local suppliers, each cycled a route of 25 miles to raise money and awareness for the Hampshire based charity. The route started at Amey’s highways depot in Petersfield and ended at the Rainbow Centre’s Fareham headquarters.

David Fawcett, Customer Services Manager in Hampshire for Amey, said: “When we discovered that the Rainbow Centre was celebrating such a significant birthday in 2015 we wanted to do something which acknowledged the wonderful support they provide to young people and adults. We have supported the Centre in a number of ways over the last year and look forward to continuing our partnership to support the local communities we work in.”

Steve Greenwood from Amey who cycled the route on a tandem with colleague Mitchell Hughes commented: “It was a tough 25 miles but worth every ache and pain to support this fantastic charity.”

The cyclists were met at the finish by Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, who presented all finishers with medals, added: “It was a privilege to welcome all the cyclists from Amey, the County Council and our suppliers at the end of their very impressive 25 miles.  Well done to everyone who took part in the cycle ride to support the Rainbow Centre and the invaluable work they do.”

As well as providing an opportunity for Amey to highlight the important work carried out by the Rainbow Centre, it is anticipated that the event will raise over £3,000 for the charity.

Lara Bull, Centre Director at The Rainbow Centre, said: “The Amey Ride for Rainbows was a great success and once again Amey has proved how great a partner they are for the Rainbow Centre. It was really great to see all the riders home safely with no injuries and only a few comments about certain saddles and levels of comfort! Every time we work with Amey, their partners and their staff it's fun and productive, helping to raise the money we need to deliver this special service across our shared region. We genuinely can't thank Amey enough for all they do for us."

This event follow previous activities with the charity, including the construction of a permanent emergency exit to the rear of the Centre, a brand new entrance to ease access to the building for mobility impaired users, the naming of a gritter after the charity and a static bike challenge.