August 5, 2016Go back
Every year, the big bosses here at Steamin’ Billy get together and decide on a charity to raise some cash for. In 2015, we chose Hope Against Cancer, and for 2016, our chosen charity is the Matt Hampson Foundation – an amazing bunch of people who help the seriously injured and disable – particularly through sports. So, it seemed pretty apt that one of the main ways to raise some dough for Matt this year is the Steamin’ Billy Charity Bike Ride!
The idea is simple – every pub in the Steamin’ Billy family – from The Wilmot Arms to The Railway – is a stopping point on a cycling route that encompasses three counties. Bikers sign up to a particular route, be it their Regular route (starting from their local), our special Tigers route – with the chance to ride, this year, with rugby players Louis and Brett Deacon and Anthony Allen – or any other routes in between.
The Big Boss Man (Billy Allingham) set out with his gang from The Cow and Plough accompanied by the aforementioned Rugger players. Others left from across Leicestershire, Rutland and Derbyshire from pubs as varied as The Coronation in Alvaston, The Three Crowns in Oakham and The Parcel Yard in Leicester City Centre.
Being a Sunday, there was plenty of food on offer for our intrepid cyclists – the beef and pork baguettes with a dash of gravy went down a treat! Each pit-stop (or pub) had an assortment of energizing snacks waiting for our travelers as well, to make sure they could complete the grueling 30 miles slog. Our course, some did more – the ex-Tigers rode just over 50 miles seeing them through most of our pubs!
We raised a fair old bit of cash – so much so that we’re still counting! Once we get back from our next adventure we’ll spill the beans on a total raised. We’re hugely proud of the work we do with the Matt Hampson Foundation, and we’re continuing to find new and better ways that we can raise money for them. In a couple of weeks, we’re biking to Amsterdam – don’t forget to get online and donate!