Trio take on cycle challenge for YMCA Norfolk
Three YMCA Norfolk colleagues are set to take on the challenge of a 360-mile Tour de Y bike ride from the Lake District to central London in late September to raise vital cash for the youth charity.
Joe Fisher, Kevin Dynes and Joseph Bickerdike all work for the YMCA in Norwich and will be riding the 360 miles from a YMCA on the shore of Lake Windermere in the Lake District to a YMCA in central London from September 23 to 26, completing around 90 miles each day.
Kevin Dynes, a key worker at YMCA Central in Norwich, helps young people get ready for an independent life. He said: “I cycle to work and for leisure but usually on a mountain biking, especially downhill, so this will be very new for me.
"I always use Cycles UK on London Street in Norwich to help maintain my mountain bike as they have a great professional team and now they're going to lend me a road bike for the Tour de Y, how nice is that.
“I love working for YMCA Norfolk and I love riding bikes and I do not think enough people know about the work that YMCA Norfolk does, so this should help raise awareness of it.”
Joseph Bickerdike is also a key worker at YMCA Central. He said: “I work with young people affected by homelessness and I know first hand the amazing impact that this fundraising could have. I’d also love to help break down stereotypes that we so often have of young people, homelessness and those on benefits.”
Joseph, who attends Oak Grove Community Chapel in Norwich, said: “I ride my bike around town and to work etc but have never done any long rides, so 360 miles will be a bit different and quite a challenge. I am doing it with a couple of my friends, so it should be a bit of an adventure.”
Joe Fisher, who is a Nightstop and Supported Lodgings support worker and a regular cyclist with the Wensum Valley Cyclists, said: “I am doing the ride to raise awareness and promote the work that YMCA Norfolk does across the county.”
Every night, YMCA Norfolk provides a safe home for over 260 homeless young people and support to enable them to fulfil their potential. All of the funds raised will go towards its work supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged young people towards a brighter future.
The trio are aiming to raise £750 each and you can support them at:
Find out more about the Tour de Y cycle challenge
Pictured above are, from the left, Joseph Bickerdike, Kevin Dynes and Joe Fisher outside YMCA Central in Norwich.