So yesterday I travelled to Liverpool to present cheques for the proceeds of the first ever Ride for the 96
I collected sponsorship totalling (after JustGiving fees deducted) over £4500 (via The Community Foundation for Merseyside / The Jamie Caragher 23 Foundation) for the Hillsborough Family Support Group, the Hillsborough Justice Campaign and other Merseyside based charities and initiatives.
Ride for the 96 is a charity bike ride in memory of the 96 Liverpool FC fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough stadium disaster on 15th April 1989.
The first ever Ride for the 96 took place in April 2012, and finished at Anfield on Sunday 15th April.
I rode my bike a total of 269 miles over three days from near Norwich, East Anglia to Liverpool, via the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. Accompanying me on the ride was Peter Gosling, a member of his local cycling club, Godric CC, and on the final day Martin Ferguson, a fellow lifelong Red.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported me in any way on the ride. I was delighted and touched by the support, and will be forever grateful.
I plan to make the ride an annual event in the memory of the 96, and in 2013, the ride will be a single day ride covering a 96 km route from Hillsborough to Anfield. I hope to get many other cyclists involved to help raise awareness and funds. More details will be posted on the Ride for the 96 website (www.rideforthe96.co.uk) in the coming weeks.
Below are a few photos from yesterday