Riders follow in tyre tracks of Tour de France greats
The route, which included sections from the first two stages of the Tour de France 2014, took the riders across Yorkshire, starting and ending in Sheffield. The total of 300 miles was completed in 47 hours with 20,000 feet of climbing, with each rider burning an estimated 16,000 calories.
The bike ride was organised by the West Riding Province as part of its five year Festival Appeal for RMBI. As well as increasing the awareness of the work of the RMBI in the local area, the Festival Event has made a significant contribution to the Charity, benefiting residents in RMBI homes around the country.
With donations still coming in, the total raised by the Festival Appeal is already over £1million since its launch in 2012. All money raised will be donated to the RMBI and will be used to continue to support the residents of its 17 care homes, offering residential or nursing care, specialist dementia support and day services.
The 29 Perimeter Riders were joined by the President of the RMBI, WBro James Newman, as well as a number of other brethren who rode smaller sections of the route.
Duncan Washbrook, Legacies and Donations Manager at the RMBI, said: “We are delighted that the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding is supporting the RMBI through its fundraising activities. Around 40% of our residents rely on financial support from the charity and this is only possible through the kind donations that we receive from Freemasons. Festival donations such as these are extremely valuable and I am extremely proud of what has been achieved. I am sure that those who benefit from our care services will be very grateful.
“RMBI is committed to maintaining the well-being and quality of life of our residents and it is through generous donations that we are able to continue to fulfil this promise.”