West Lothian team saddle up for cycle challenge with Sir Chris Hoy in bid to tackle homelessness
A team from Linlithgow are gearing up to pedal alongside Olympian Sir Chris Hoy in a charity cycle aimed at tackling homelessness.
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Setting off from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, the team from utilities management company DB Group will pedal 60 miles across Scotland's central belt and cross the finish line in Edinburgh, along from Social Bite's flagship Village in Granton.
Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy will lead the 60-mile cycle to help raise £1 million to to help fund two new Social Bite Villages in Glasgow and London.
The ‘Break the Cycle’ event on Sunday, September 5 will see DB Group’s Paul Farrell, Ian Pritchard and Kirsty Christie join around 1,000 fellow cyclists backing the cause.
All of the funds raised will help Social Bite Village initiative expand and support projects that help “Break the Cycle” of homelessness by providing food, employment opportunities, and housing projects.
The Social Bite Village has brought vacant land back into use by building a village with housing and a community hub to help homeless people build an independent life.
Since launching in May 2018, the Social Bite Village in partnership with Cyrenians has provided accommodation and support to 39 residents, helping them find their feet and permanent homes.
Head of DB Water, Kirsty Christie said, “We are delighted to be taking part in the upcoming Social Bite Break the Cycle challenge. It is a great opportunity to raise funds for a fantastic cause and we look forward to pedalling alongside Sir Chris Hoy and many others on September the 5th.”