Charity cyclists celebrated at Orleans House Gallery

Release Date: 20 September 2017

18 cyclists, on a 285 mile ride for charity from Fontainebleau to Twickenham, were welcomed home with much fanfare at Orleans House Gallery this past weekend.

The cyclists, including Richmond Council’s cycling champion Cllr Jean Loveland, were marking the 40th twinning anniversary between the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Fountainebleau in France.

Funds raised by this event go to local charity StreetInvest, which is dedicated to improving the lives of street children around the world. 

Families from across the borough came out to cheer the cyclists home whilst enjoying a range of activities for the whole family put on by StreetInvest including face painting, a children’s bike and scooter track, an arts and crafts area and beer and wine sampling from Twickenham Fine Ales and Oddbins.

Cllr Loveland said:

“I was delighted to take part in a truly unique event to celebrate the borough’s historical connection with Fontainebleau whilst raising money for a good cause.

“With our cycle-friendly parks, and scenic routes running alongside the river and ever improving leisure and commuter cycling experience, it is only right to have celebrated our 40th Twinning Anniversary with a bike ride, while supporting one of our local charities.”

Duncan Ross, StreetInvest’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive said:

“We must thank everyone, and especially the cyclists and those at the Council, for making the ride and the Family Funday such a success. We talked a lot during our journey about the experiences of street children that StreetInvest supports.

“We all knew that the 285 mile ride challenge would eventually end, but most of the challenges that these young children face every day do not. The £25,000 raised will go a long way to supporting a very large number of children to overcome these challenges.  That is the real success.”

Town twinning is a social agreement between towns, cities, provinces, regions, states, and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.

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Reference: P433/17

Updated: 2 October 2017