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4 September 2019

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 Shine Your Light - a group that aims to raise awareness for individuals with communication barriers - alongside their mascot ‘Miles’ on their arrival at the Pirelli Stadium.

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

Gary West, from 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 three 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 our route by other bikers, in which each rider paid £10 to join and raised sponsors for the event.

“We know the work that BACT does 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, BACT 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.”

To visit the Shine Your Lights Facebook page, please click here.

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