Four Clumber Park employees are preparing to take part in a gruelling 24-hour 'Big Push' cycling challenge to raise funds to help restore the iconic Ornamental Bridge.
The bridge suffered extensive damage after what the National described as 'a terrible incident of vandalism' in March 2018. Now a team of 'not-so-seasoned' cyclists have been inspired to jump on their bikes to raise money by cycling around Clumber Lake to fund additional work to the bridge.
Torri Crapper, Supporter Engagement Manager, will be joined by Kate Stark, Sara Gacem and Claire Sarris, and admits that although none of the team have any real cycling experience, they are all relishing the challenge and the chance to raise money for such an important cause. She said, "We hadn't been on a ride together before training began."
"The morning I saw the bridge had been vandalised in such a way, it was completely heart- breaking. Over the years it has been standing, people have made their own memories here be it cycling over the bridge with family, or walking over, spending special
Each team member will be doing their share of the cycling in a 'relay' type approach, with each expected to cycle around 140 miles in 24 hours around Clum- ber Lake. The team is hoping to raise £20,000 from the challenge, which will go towards the additional restoration costs of the bridge. Any funds raised over this target will go towards conservation work in the wider parkland.
precious moments here. We want to do our bit to help raise funds to restore this beautiful feature of Clumber Park."
The Big Push is taking place over the weekend of April 27/28 and anyone who would like to support the cause and sponsor the team to help them raise their £20,000 target can do so by visiting their Just Giving page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/clumberparkthebigpush