Epic bike ride brings in £3k for good cause

Julie Ellis, from Boston. Picture: onEdition.
Julie Ellis, from Boston. Picture: onEdition.

A bank manager from Boston has raised £3,000 for disadvantaged children through a 300-mile, three-and-a-half day bike ride.

Julie Ellis, 41, took on the so-called ‘Tour de Pudsey’ challenge from September 13 to 16 in support of the BBC Children in Need campaign.

The challenge saw 60 members of staff from Lloyds Banking Group riding from either London, Cardiff, or Edinburgh, to Pudsey in Yorkshire.

Together, they raised £246,696.11 for the cause.

Julie, who set off from Edinburgh, smashed her fundraising target of £2,500, bringing in £3,000 in total.

Julie and her family are keen cyclists and regularly enter competitions.

Having already completed a 300-mile cycle ride in 24 hours, she was confident that she could cover the distance, though she had reservations about the inclines (totalling 23,000ft).

Speaking at Lloyds’ head office in Pudsey, having completed the challenge, Julie, a senior bank manager in the Grantham branch, said: “I am so proud to have completed Tour de Pudsey alongside my Lloyds Banking Group colleagues.

“It has been an incredible adventure with highs and lows, but we worked hard as a team to finish together.

“The support from family, friends and colleagues on route has been amazing and I’m thrilled that our endeavours have helped to raise over £245,000 for BBC Children in Need.”

BBC Children in Need is Lloyds’ charity of the year, with the Tour de Pudsey just one of the fundraisers taking place.

The funds raised will help to ensure that disadvantaged children and young people across the UK can have a safe, happy and secure childhood and have the opportunity to reach their potential.