Not-for-profit housing association, Harrogate Neighbours organised its own Grand Départ just days before the Tour de France comes to Yorkshire , by racing to deliver meals on wheels via rickshaw and tandem.
The Association, which also operates Harrogate Food Angels, a hot meals on wheels service for the elderly who still live at home, lined up volunteers from local businesses and suppliers, including Total Food Service and Keepmoat, to help staff pedal furiously across Harrogate in a challenge to find the fastest hot meal delivery cycling team.
The 2.5 mile race was part of a day of Tour de France-themed activities organised at the Harrogate Neighbours extra care housing scheme at Greenfield Court to raise funds for a new residents’ minibus.
During the day visitors and residents from Greenfield Court and Heath Lodge residential home were treated to a French-themed lunch, boules match, stalls selling home-made preserves, cordials, flavoured oils and wine, raffle and music provided by the Heath Lodge choir.
Sue Cawthray, Harrogate Neighbours’ chief executive commented: “The day provided our tenants, residents and meals on wheels customers with a chance to feel involved with the Tour de France as the fever grips Harrogate. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by local businesses and suppliers in terms of their time and the donations they have made that will make the day ‘fantastique’ as well as helping us reach our £25,000 target for a new minibus.”