Molly Olly's in Warwick gear up for a new charity cycling challenge - The Leamington Observer

Molly Olly's in Warwick gear up for a new charity cycling challenge

A CHILDREN’S charity based in Warwick is gearing up for a 180-mile cycle ride.

Molly Olly’s charity cycle ride from York to Shrewley raised more than £73,000 last year and they are hoping for similar success when they take on a new cycling challenge in July.

This year’s route will be around 180 miles, going through the countryside from Exeter to Shrewley over three days.

And cyclists interested in taking part are being encouraged to get in touch now to secure their place.




Forty-seven cyclists took to the hills and terrain of York to Shrewley last year and despite steep inclines and challenging heat, every person completed the three-day ride and many made friends for life – while fundraising to help children with life-threatening illnesses across the UK.

This year’s route is another special one for Rachel and Tim Ollerenshaw, who co-founded the charity 11 years ago in their daughter Molly’s memory. She died at eight-years-old from a rare kidney cancer, after five years of treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The family used to go on holiday to nearby Sidmouth and it holds treasured memories.


Rachel said: “At Molly Ollys, we exist to improve the lives of children just like Molly who have been dealt very unfair cards. If we can bring them comfort, make them smile or give them something to look forward to, that is what we will do. But we cannot do it without the kind and generous donations of funds and time. Last year’s ride was the tenth anniversary of the charity and it far exceeded our expectations on so many levels.

“It was very emotional for Tim and I seeing all the cyclists in their Molly Olly pink tops ride in together to the finishing point to huge applause. We would love to hear from any cyclists who are interested in being involved this year.”

For more information about the Exeter to Shrewley three-day ride email Rachel at [email protected]

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