Derby man raises almost £6,000 for Rainbows

A Derby cyclist has raised almost £6,000 for Rainbows.

Rob Rowan (49) has been fundraising for us by staging an annual bike ride from Derby to Skegness.

For the past 10 years, Mr Rowan and his colleagues and friends from Rolls-Royce Turbine Blade Facility, in Wilmore Road, have been fundraising for Rainbows and to date have reached a massive target of £59,710.

As well as the bike ride, which this year saw 45 riders take part, Mr Rowan organises a raffle and in 2007, he staged a 10 mile rowathon. Throughout his fundraising, Mr Rowan has been supported by a team of friends and colleagues as well as Derby businesses which contribute to the raffles.

Mr Rowan said: “I have a great time organising this bike ride and supporting Rainbows. It is always a lot of fun and I am so proud to have raised funds for Rainbows. The work carried out at the hospice is incredible and I am delighted I can help. I would also like to thank everyone who supports the bike ride and everyone who gets involved and supports me as I couldn’t do it without their help.”

Katie Baxter, events and community manager at Rainbows, added: “I would like to thank Rob for holding this event every year and for supporting Rainbows. Without the support of people like Rob, we would not be able to continue running the hospice, which brings care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families every day.”

For more information about supporting Rainbows Hospice, visit contact 01509 638000