13 September 2012
Access to education widened as epic cycle comes to an end
After 1,100 miles, twelve intrepid cyclists from The University of Nottingham have arrived in Dover to complete a fundraising journey that began in the North East of Scotland 14 days before.
The Life Cycle 2 team, lead by Vice-Chancellor Professor David Greenaway, took on the challenge in order to raise £250,000 to help those from disadvantaged backgrounds access higher education.
Members of the public also got involved as the team reached Nottingham on Day 10, with over 300 people taking part in a Community Day including two cycling challenges and a sponsored walk around University Park.
Over £230,000 has already been raised for the Nottingham Potential – part of the University’s largest ever fundraising initiative, adding to the institution’s £8million annual commitment to widening participation.
After growing up in an area of serious social deprivation in the east end of Glasgow, Professor Greenaway knows first-hand the potential difference the money raised could make to people’s lives.
He said: “Nottingham Potential is all about widening participation, raising aspirations and supporting achievement so that even more capable young people from under-represented backgrounds in Nottingham, across the East Midlands and more widely can reach their academic potential. We want to ensure that financial concerns do not limit the ambition of those with the ability to achieve academic excellence.
“Nottingham Life Cycle 2 will make a huge impact on increasing awareness and funds for educationally disadvantaged young people but is only one part of our on-going pledge to widen participation and raise aspirations across the region.”
After arriving in Dover the Vice-Chancellor was quick to thank all of the people who had supported the ride, including Lucozade, Gleeds, Santander Universities, UPP, Freeth Cartwright Solicitors and Henderson Insurance Brokers.
Special praise was also given to those who had joined the team on the ride, including Chief Executive of Malaysian Airways and Nottingham alumnus Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Adam Tickell, PVC at the University of Birmingham, Jack Swannell from Into University and all those that took part in the Community Day.
Professor Greenaway continued: “To have riden almost 1100 miles is a remarkable achievement. What is even more remarkable is that we have already raised more to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds than Life Cycle 1 - John O Groats to Land's End.
“For me personally, it has been a privilege to spend two weeks on the road with such a special group of people. I have taken enormous pride in that the riders and support team take this on for no other reason than trying to have an impact on educational disadvantage.”
For more information, please visit the Life Cycle website or hear more about the fundraising journey on the Life Cycle Blog.
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