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Society cyclists ride 70 miles for Hollybank Trust

Twenty four cyclists from Leeds Building Society braved sweltering temperatures to complete the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride.  

They were among over 1,500 riders on the annual 70-mile sponsored charity cycle from Wetherby to Filey.

The Society riders have raised £5,000 for Hollybank Trust, including £1,000 in matched funding from Leeds Building Society.

Hollybank, which cares for children and adults with multiple and profound disabilities, is a charity with close connections to colleagues at the Society. 

The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride supports a varied group of charities each year, including Hollybank Trust.   

“A superb effort from all our riders on the hottest day in the history of the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride,” said Kevin Mowles, Head of Business Support at Leeds Building Society.

“It was a fantastic effort from the new cyclists and I can’t believe how fast everyone finished the event. Even the veteran riders were posting personal best times. 

“It was brilliant to see everyone in their Leeds Building Society jerseys and there were quite a few Society pelotons on the route.

“The organisers, the Lions, the charity and even the Lord and Lady Mayor of Filey all wanted to see Team Leeds Building Society at the end.

“Everyone was so complimentary about the support we provided for the event, including the Society colleagues who did volunteering work the day before to put up signs on the route.”  

The fundraising efforts of the Society’s cyclists for The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride can be supported via


Notes to Editors

Pictured are the Society team cyclists before and after the event.

The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride is an annual 70 mile sponsored charity cycle ride from Wetherby to Filey. This ride takes in some of Yorkshire’s best countryside through the Howardian Hills and the Yorkshire Wolds to the coast. Every year 2,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities take on the challenge of this great Yorkshire event.

Hollybank Trust gives high quality care to around 100 severely disabled children, young people and adults. This includes a special school, high quality supported accommodation, extensive therapy, nursing support, art, music and engaging activities. Their emphasis on ground breaking assistive technology enables their young people to communicate and live their lives as independently as possible. They provide quality of life ... for life.

Hollybank Trust is at Far Common Road, Mirfield, WF14 0DQ.

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £15.9bn (at 31st December 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.