Redrow site manager Ian Solomon is gearing up to take part in a charity cycle ride across Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Ian, who oversees construction work at Thorpe Meadow in Countesthorpe, is taking part in the Lamport Hall 100 Sportive in aid of The Lowdown.
The charity provides free and confidential counselling, information and support services to 12 to 25-year-olds in Northamptonshire. It offers help and advice on a wide range of issues faced by young people, including bullying, bereavement, family problems, eating disorders, drugs and alcohol abuse.
A lack of funding means The Lowdown faces closure and could cease operating later this year.
Ian explains: “I heard from the dads of some of my son’s friends that The Lowdown is facing closure and as I’m a keen cyclist they asked me to join them in supporting its fundraising. I’ll be taking part in a team of riders and I’m really looking forward to a good day’s cycling with the added bonus of raising money to help The Lowdown continue their amazing work with young people.”
Ian usually cycles 105 miles a week including two rides of 35 miles, which will put him in good stead for the 60-mile challenge.
As Ian’s team includes Stewart Pert, Gary Tee and novice rider John Robinson. Ian will help keep the pace by riding at the front of the group during the event on June 30.
Friends and colleagues have been keen to sponsor Ian and he’s already raised £360, thanks in part to a donation of £100 from his employers Redrow.
Pauline Turnbull, sales director for Redrow Homes (Midlands), commented: “We’re proud of Ian’s fundraising efforts and were happy to be able to support him and The Lowdown. Hopefully the money raised by Ian and the other cyclists taking part in the event will enable the charity to continue its good work.”
Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its New Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. Established more than 35 years, the company has won numerous awards over the years. Redrow received a 5* Award in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012 and 2013; collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 What House? awards; and its ‘Share a little bit of joy’ campaign was named best marketing initiative at the 2012 Housebuilder Awards. Web: www.redrow.co.uk.