Our Managing Director, William Dyer is embarking on a circa 350 mile bike ride to raise finds for the EFL’s chosen charity, MIND.
WM Dyer are proud sponsors of the Accrington Stanley Clayton End and MD William, was one of those who raised a hand in agreement to the challenge posed, as was Stanley’s Managing Director, David Burgess. Both men take up their story:
William Dyer (WD) – I’ve done quite a bit of cycling over the years and when David muted the idea to me it seemed an ideal opportunity to get fit for the summer and do some charitable work at the same time. Its further than I have ever cycled before and I’m nervous about whether I will be able to cycle the circa 350 miles. We have been training alone and as a group and I’m hoping the young lads who will be our domestiques will look after us on the ride and ensure we manage the 100 mile per day for the first two days. I’ve even been out and bought a new bike so I’ve no excuses now.
David Burgess (DPB) – Every now and again I have cycled to various places for charity, including London to Paris on four different occasions, and usually with a few mates for company. I just fancied doing something different and needed a few companions to join in the fun. The charity (Mind) deals with people with mental health issues and it has been well documented the problems our main striker, Billy Kee, has had with these issues over the years. Our aim is to raise £5000, and at the time of writing we have raised close to £3,500, so donations are welcome to help us reach the target.
WD – I never thought that I would ever sponsor a professional football team, let along cycle 350 miles to watch them play. Stanley kind of gets hold of you and you become part of the Stanley Family and I’m proud to be part of the Team Stanley cycle team on this charity bike ride – although I’m glad it’s only one way! WM Dyer Electrical Ltd are providing a service vehicle and driver to act as back up should there be any bike malfunctions – we have even sorted a couple of spare bikes just in case! I’m really looking forward to it but am nervous at the same time. I’m sure we will all look after one another and get the job done – it’s all about team work!
DPB – The planning has been done to keep us off main roads throughout the trip which adds a few miles onto the journey each day. Obviously, we cannot use motorways and are trying to keep off the main ‘A’ roads, so we should see a lot of countryside along the way. Day 1 sees us leave Stanley on Wednesday 4th May at 8am and cycle 100 miles to Stone in Staffs – Day 2 is another 100 miles from Stone to Banbury in Oxfordshire – Day 3 is around 85 miles to Basingstoke in Hants and the final day takes us around 70 miles to Portsmouth. That will be my favourite day for obvious reasons.
DPB – The lads (Shaun Burke – Joel Callister – Robert Cooper – Ryan Waddington) are fitter than me and William and we are relying on them to get us through each day, even though I think William has been doing some secret training on the new bike. As long as we get to Portsmouth before the 5.30pm kick off on Saturday 4th May it will be alright!
To donate to Team Stanley’s chosen charity – Mind – please go to www.justgiving.com