Staff were in charity saddle for 425km!

Charity cyclist Dan Ibbotson
Charity cyclist Dan Ibbotson

Last week we at the ‘Tiser brought you news of a sterling charity effort by staff at Lloyds bank in Ilkeston as they clocked up hundreds of kilometres on exercise bikes for charity.

We thought their total distance was 25okm as part of a fundraising initiative for the Awareness for Autism organisation in the town.

But in fact, just one member of staff at the Bath Street branch, Dan Ibbotson, clocked up 350km on his own.

The cumulative total weighed in at an astonishing 425km!

Two bikes were loaned for the stunt by Ilkeston’s Platinum Gym.

Dan was in the saddle for the majority of the event from 10 am to 4pm, while other supporters took on cycling shifts.

In total, £780 was raised for Awareness for Autism, which was founded by Ilkeston dad John Daly whose son, Toby, has the lifelong condition.

Other attractions included visits from a Stormtrooper, Peppa Pig and Rammie, the Derby County mascot.

Money is still coming in from charity supporters who took part in the recent Derby 10k in the name of Awareness for Autism. A donation will in turn be made to Bennerley Fields Specialist Speech and Language College.

The charity is also staging a charity football event at Derby County FC’s iPro Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26, although local people cannot enter their teams to take part as was reported last week.

For more on the charity, visit the ‘Awareness for Autism’ page on Facebook.