Bike ride earns £40k for charity

More than 20 butchers, meat traders, and representatives of farming and the food industry have raised over £40,000 by cycling from London’s Smithfield to Paris.

The Butchers on Bikes team cycled the marathon 186 miles to raise money for the charities FARM-Africa, the Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution, Breast Cancer Research and the Worshipful Company of Butchers charity fund.

In an effort to promote UK farming in France, Barney Kay, manager of the National Pig Association, and John Mercer, chief livestock adviser at the NFU, dressed up as a pig and a sheep to cross the finish line in Paris. And Richard MacDonald, NFU director general, raised additional funds by shaving off his moustache during the trip.

“Showing true spirit everyone in the team has overcome one set-back or another and all deserve congratulations,” he said. “For some, if they ever see a bike again it will be too soon.

“There is still time to give to the charities we have supported and have one final push for the Africa 100 Appeal. Thinking about the East African farmers we are supporting with FARM-Africa made our aches and pains worthwhile.”

Donations can be made via the Just Giving website.

See more