A CHARITY supporting young people in need of a little extra help has been revealed as the next cause to benefit from a mammoth bike ride.
Volunteers at Youth Emotional Support Services (YESS) found out at the weekend that they are the chosen charity for this year’s Talbot Charity Bike Club’s Paris to Uttoxeter ride.
YESS project manager Julie Bird said: “YESS is delighted and extremely honoured to be the successful nominee of the Paris to Uttoxeter Charity Bike Ride 2014 and can’t express our thanks enough.
“With the help of the charity bike ride funding we want to expand and develop our services and look to work with those children that need support in the first schools within Uttoxeter.
“YESS believes that by providing an early intervention service helps reduce the risk of young people requiring additional and long term support.”
The ride will see 15 cyclists and one support vehicle start from Paris on September 2 and return to the town on September 7 to a homecoming party in Uttoxeter Market Place.
The announcement was made at a launch party with a licenced bar, live band and disco, held at Uttoxeter Town Hall, with local dignitaries, ride sponsors including Tesco and Nivea for Men and residents.
Treasurer Andrew Riley said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people here supporting us. It is the first time we have held a launch party and it has been a great success. All of the profits will go to our chosen charity.
“We will be holding numerous events leading up to the ride; a promises auction and we are hoping to get the lads from the club trained in cycling proficiency so we can offer free training for local children.”
Hannah Eadie, of Tesco, said: “Tesco Uttoxeter is proud to be a sponsor for such a fantastic event. We look forward to working with the Talbot Charity Bike Club this year to help raise more funds.”
A Nivea spokesman added: “Nivea Men take get pride in sponsoring this incredible charity event. It really does start with you.”
YESS provides mental health support and counselling for young people aged 10 to 19 years-old.
More information on the bike ride is available at www.thetalbotcharitybikeclub.org.uk