Port of Ipswich to host cycling event in support of Mayor’s charities

The Old Custom House on the Waterfront in Ipswich

The Old Custom House on the Waterfront in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Port of Ipswich owner ABP is urging other local businesses to support a special day of cycling events to raise money for this year’s Mayor’s charities.

The Old Custom House, seen from the Orwell Lady river cruise vessel

The Old Custom House, seen from the Orwell Lady river cruise vessel - Credit: Archant

The open day, on Thursday, August 24, is being organised in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council and Elmy Cycles and will be hosted by the port at the Old Custom House.

It will feature a series of instructor-led indoor cycling classes for participating businesses, with members of the public also be invited to try out sprint challenges on static bikes positioned outside the entrance.

A highlight of the day will be a VIP challenge with the Mayor of Ipswich, Sarah Barber, whose nominated charities are FIND (Families in Need), Lighthouse Women’s Aid Ipswich and The Ipswich Hospital Charity.

She said: “It is a great opportunity to be working with ABP Ipswich and Elmy Cycles to involve more business people as well as the public in our fitness campaigns and to raise money for my charity fund at the same time. I am sure it will be a popular event, not only for local employees but also visitors to the Waterfront.”

Paul Ager, port manager for ABP’s Port of Ipswich, said, “We value the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are committed to encouraging them to play an active role in their local communities.

“That is why we have decided to offer our port facilities to host this event, so that together with our customers and participating businesses will can help raise money for the Mayor’s charities.”

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Steven Grimwood, owner of independent cycle store Elmy Cycles, which is supporting the initiative with partner store Waterfront Electric Bikes, added: “We are really pleased to support ABP in their fund raising initiative and we welcome their efforts in promoting a healthy lifestyle for their employees and their efforts to work with local businesses and communities to benefit the town and especially the Waterfront area.”

Businesses or individuals interested in getting involved should contact Katrina Jay by email to KJay@abports.co.uk. The deadline for registrations is Monday, 21 August.