L to R: Nathan Smith, Richard Nartey, Alan Allmond, Kieran O’Hara, Jake Buxton, Nigel Cloguh, Gary West, Jack Livesey and Owen Hickson, donating their cheques at the Pirelli Stadium

A CHEQUE donation has been made to Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) following the ‘Miles Relay Ride’ from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

Burton Albion Manager Nigel Clough, first team players Kieran O’Hara, Richard Nartey Jack Livesey and Jake Buxton, as well as Academy youngsters Owen Hickson and Nathan Smith, were on-hand to receive the cheque on behalf of BACT at the Pirelli Stadium. They greeted riders from the Shine Your Light, alongside their mascot ‘Miles’ on their arrival at the Pirelli Stadium.

£550 was donated to BACT, with other monies being split between Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes service, as well as a donation going towards heling to fund the building of a sensory garden at Fountains High School.

Gary West, from the Shine Your Light, said: “Myself, Rod Lakin and Lee Kirk got together and planned the routes from Lands’ End to John O’Groats. We set the routes using no motorways, which allowed 125cc bikers to get involved. The ride took 3 days, passing through towns and beautiful countryside.

“We rode for 13 hours on day one, 12 hours on day two and 14 hours on day three, along with our mascot Miles. He’s our Blue teddy and will be used on more exciting challenges next year.

“We were joined on route by other bikers, in which each rider paid £10 to join and raised sponsors for the event.

“We know the work that BACT do and thought we’d like to make them one of the three charities that we’d donate to.

“We’ve also set up a Facebook page to help raise awareness of individuals with communication difficulties.”

Matt Hancock, Head of Community, said: “We’re really grateful and delighted to have been one of the chosen charities for the bike ride.

“It’s a fantastic sum of money and will go a long way in helping the work that we do.”

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