Earlier this month the Waste on Wheels 2019 cycle ride raised £120,000, with a team of 30 people from the waste management industry cycling 180 miles for The Alzheimer’s Society.
This is the fourth annual charity cycle ride and the team have collectively raised circa £7000. Overall the annual event has raised over £120,000 and benefitted a wide range of charities over the years.
The team included representatives from City of London, Vehicle Weighing Solutions, Innovative Safety Systems, Biffa and CMS Supatrak, and the cyclists started out on Tuesday 11 June riding from Reading to Swindon. On day two they travelled from Swindon to Weston-super-Mare and day three involved a circular route from Weston-super-Mare to Bridgewater Bay. On Friday 14 June the team officially opened the 2019 National Refuse Championships in Weston-super-Mare.
Vincent Dignam, Business Performance & Transport Group Manager, City of London said: “It was great to be involved in this bike ride for the fourth time and to raise money for a great charity, The Alzheimer’s Society, which is close to my heart. As one of the original organisers of the annual charity bike ride it’s great to see how it has evolved into a waste industry ‘must do’ event.
“Each year more and more people get involved; not just cycling but also sponsoring, supporting the teams and donating. Over the past five years of doing this the team have raised over a staggering £120,000 which is truly amazing. The ride this year was tough due to the weather conditions and the many hills we had to climb but sheer camaraderie got everyone through. Here is to the next challenge and thanks to everyone who supported us.”
Trevor Evans, Operations Director at Vehicle Weighing Solutions trained for 9 weeks in preparation for the cycle: "It’s been a great experience and a real challenge. I hadn't been on a bike for years and the Waste on Wheels event got me back in the saddle."
Kate Lloyd, Marketing Director, VWS is one of the event organisers:” This is the 4th time I've been involved in the organisation of the charity cycle event and although it's a lot of hard work, the results are amazing. It's great to be part of a wonderful industry and team who come together for an important cause. Vehicle Weighing Solutions were happy to sponsor the event and offer as much support as we could to help make it a success."
Jason Airey, CMS Supatrak commented: “It’s fantastic way to get all these partners in the waste industry together to raise money for a great cause. The camaraderie is great; everyone supports each other, and it builds friendships for life. We already planning our ride for 2020!”
David Maidman, Business Director at Biffa added: “Despite the atrocious weather conditions it was a herculean effort all round, both in the saddle and in achieving a fantastic amount for the Alzheimer’s Society.”
For anyone wishing to donate the Just Giving pages of various participants can be found HERE