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by Shane Stokes
December 19, 2017
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Citing a figure of £12.75 million raised for charity, a figure they point out beats the previous mark of £12 million, the organisers of Prudential RideLondon announced on Monday that a new European record had been set for fundraising for a cycling event. It added that cyclists have raised a total of more than £53 million for charity over the first five years.
Several charities raised six-figure sums, including Bloodwise, Alzheimer’s Society and Prostrate Cancer UK. The biggest was Macmillan Cancer Support, which raised almost £560,000. In doing so, it became the first charity to raise more than half a million pounds from the event in one year.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the efforts of every cyclist who helped to raise record-breaking amounts of money for good causes at Prudential RideLondon 2017,” said the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. “The event has become a major fixture in London’s calendar, raising millions of pounds for charity and inspiring thousands to take up cycling. It’s yet another great demonstration of how London is open.”
The first event in 2013 saw more than £7 million raised by 16,000 riders. The following year more than £10 million was raised; in 2015 and 2016 the amount grew to a-then record of over £12 million. Eleanor Hoare, Challenge Events Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, hailed the efforts.
“We’re hugely grateful to everyone that got involved in Prudential RideLondon this year to support Macmillan,” she said. “Almost 600 people took part and raised a fantastic amount of money, all of which will help us continue to support the growing number of people living with cancer across the UK. 2017 was Macmillan’s biggest and best year at Prudential RideLondon yet, so we’re already excited for next year’s event!”
Click through to read the full statement at the Prudential RideLondon site.