Charity bike ride

Long Way Down: Cyclists arrive at the Youth Hostelling Association headquarters in Matlock as they ride from Whitby to London to raise money for bereaved military families.
Long Way Down: Cyclists arrive at the Youth Hostelling Association headquarters in Matlock as they ride from Whitby to London to raise money for bereaved military families.

Cyclists stopped off in Matlock last week on their way to raising thousands of pounds for an army charity.

The 27 riders came from the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) and the armed forces.

They were cycling the 450 miles from Whitby to London to raise money for Family Activity Breaks (FAB), a charity that sends bereaved families of Army service personnel on holiday together.

The bike ride raised more than £30,000 for FAB.

Sam Littlechild, national policy manager at YHA’s Matlock headquarters, was on the ride, which finished at the annual Army versus Navy rugby match at Twickenham on Sunday, May 8.

He said: “We’re really happy, and it means that we can run four holiday camps this year in Whitby and in Cornwall. We had a brilliant time on the cycle ride and it’s great for the families to get a bit of a break.”