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Computershare cycling challenge raises more than £5,300 for Bristol’s youngsters

7 December 2023
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Cycling enthusiasts working at the Bristol-based financial services company Computershare have raised thousands of pounds for Young Bristol.

More than 40 of the company’s employees set off on two wheels from the global financial services firm’s Bedminster Down offices to raise money for the charity, which works to offer a choice of opportunities and experiences for young people aged eight to 25.

The ‘On Yer Bike’ event, which involved challenging routes of 20, 30 or 75 miles around Chew Valley Lake, the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge, culminated in a celebratory BBQ that also provided the opportunity for cyclists to meet the charity’s representatives and learn more about its work.

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The day raised £5,300 for the organisation, which is one of Computershare’s designated local charities, and which benefits from donations via the company’s corporate giving programme, Change A Life.

Lucy Saunders from Young Bristol said:” We would like to say a huge thank you to Computershare for choosing our charity as a beneficiary from their fundraising event.

“Computershare’s donation will enable us to continue to provide freely available, community-driven activities for young people during after school hours, which provide a really important opportunity for development and learning.”

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Lucy Newcombe, chief people and ESG officer at Computershare said: “We are really pleased that the first On Yer Bike event after the pandemic has helped to raise money for such an important local cause.

“Young Bristol continues to make a significant difference to the lives of young people across the city, and we’re proud to support its fantastic work.”

Computershare has also raised a further £408.86 for the charity from sales of honey produced from its on-site beehives this year.

Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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