Sheffield cyclists saddle up for the Tour de Food charity ride

Handsworth Grange School in Sheffield have set up a food bank for under-privileged families.
Handsworth Grange School in Sheffield have set up a food bank for under-privileged families.
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Cyclists will symbolically donate items of food to Sheffield centres which help families in a bike ride with a twist.

Riders who take part in the CycleSheffield’s regular FridayNightRide will call in at nine of the city’s of food banks as part of the event – which has been dubbed the Tour de Food.

They decided to organise the charity ride – which starts in the city centre before heading to Parson Cross and then across to Lowedges – to help people who rely on food banks to survive.

The number in the city is growing – and demand has risen so much that Handsworth Grange school was forced to set up its own food bank this year.

Mick Nott, who is organising the ride on Friday, March 14, said: “You’ve heard of the the Tour de France, well this is another TdF, the Tour de Food.

“Many of us riders are appalled foodbanks need to exist in this day and age in such a wealthy country as ours.

“Cyclists have a record of cycling for charity, and this may not be cycling London to Paris, or Lands End to John O’Groats, but it is charitably giving up a Friday evening to acknowledge, appreciate and publicise the work of foodbanks in our home city.”

The cyclists hope their 20-mile trip will also encourage more people to donate to food banks.

They are urging people to join in the ride, for either the entire journey or just a stage of it, and also asking people to support them along the way.

Volunteers from the foodbanks will give up time to meet the riders and accept their donations when they arrive. And a special prayer has also been created.

Mick said: “The foodbanks have been very supportive.

“We hope this ride gets more people donating to the foodbanks, knowing where the foodbanks are, or really thinking about why some people cannot afford to buy food.

“Anybody is welcome to join in the ride or just come out as we pass by and give us food for the next foodbank.“

The route:

6.30pm – Starts on Park Square , city centre;

6.45pm – Heads to the Megacentre on Bernard Road, Hyde Park;

6.55pm – Rock Christian Centre, Carlisle Street;

7.15pm – Fir Vale food bank, Firth Park Road;

7.25pm – Methodist Church, Firth Park;

7:45pm – Mount Tabor Methodist Church, Wordsworth Avenue;

8pm – Shirecliffe Community Centre, Shirecliffe Road;

8.20pm – St Thomas’ Church Philadelphia, Upperthorpe;

9 .10pm – St Peter’s Church, Greenhill;

9.35pm – Gleadless Methodist Church, Blackstock Road;

10pm: Heeley Institute, Gleadless Road.