Leamington's community 'legends' saddle up for virtual bike ride - The Leamington Observer

Leamington's community 'legends' saddle up for virtual bike ride

FUNDRAISERS saddled up to cycle all the way from Leamington to Buckingham Palace – virtually.

Two static bike were set up at Morrisons supermarket in the town to bank cash for Together for Short Lives.

Morrisons staff each did an hour on the bike but they were not alone as plenty of ‘community legends’ came along for the ride as well.

BBC CWR breakfast host Phil Upton, Warwick Mayor Coun Parminder Birdi Singh, Kenilworth Mayor Sam Loude-Cook, Commonwealth Gold medalist Lewis Williams, former High Sheriff of Warwickshire David Kelham, Commonwealth double Bronze medalist Lauren Cox and Leamington Mayor Coun Nick Wilkins were among those who took their turn in the saddle over the two day event ‘taking the crown to the palace’ in time for the Coronation.

And they raised £2,179.75.

Morrisons community champion Alex Pearson said: “I say it every time we have a fabulous community and the weekend was a huge success. Our colleagues in the store endured one hour on the bike which wasn’t so kind to your bum but they all did it and helped us raise funds for the charity.

“We also had special guests during the day and they all took time out of their busy schedules to support us and the charity. When I found out that Lewis was on the bike with me I knew my hour would be hard. He was very fast and the wind he created was giving me some cool down time. I really appreciate both Lewis and Lauren for coming down on the weekend as they are both super busy training for the Olympics and getting into shape.”

Gold medalist Lewis Williams added: “it was an honour to support Morrisons at this event and help them raise money for Together for Short Llives. What an honour to cycle along side the community champion Alex. It’s a boxing champion and a community champion raising money together.”

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