Columban Cycling Club take on 'The Italian Job' for Home-Start Herts

The Columban Cycling Club on their charity ride through northern Italy.

The Columban Cycling Club on their charity ride through northern Italy. - Credit: St Columba's College

A team of cyclists pedalled across 300 miles of hilly terrain in northern Italy to support Home-Start Herts.

The Columban Cycling Club, made up of alumni, parents and friends of St Columba's College in St Albans, cycled 300 miles from Venice to Como over three days.

The team climbed the equivalent of Ben Nevis and more daily, as they travelled through the region's hills and lakes.

The goals of the Columban Cycling Club are to promote health, have fun and raise money for good causes. All rides are completely self-funded, so every penny raised goes to charity.

The Columban Cycling Club on their charity ride through northern Italy.

The Columban Cycling Club on their charity ride through northern Italy. - Credit: St Columba's College

Jim Lewis, who took part in the ride, said: "Needless to say, it was a pretty tough ask, and there are some broken bodies out there. However, a week after our return the pain is replaced by hugely fond memories of a really outstanding trip, and the money raised so far makes it all that more worthwhile.

"As a cycling club born from an educational establishment, the club is fully aware that the earliest years in a young person's life make the biggest impact: Home-Start make sure those years count so that no child’s future is limited.

"What goes on inside a family during these early years strongly determines the opportunities and life chances children have.

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"Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer family mentor who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home. Through practical and emotional support, they make sure parents have the skills, confidence and strength they need to nurture their children.

"Current global events have not only made home life that bit more difficult for many families and their children, but it has also had a huge impact on the charities ability to raise the necessary funds required to support those in need."

So far the team has raised over £10,000 for Home-Start. There is still time to make a donation and help give the charity and its families a timely boost and ensure those who need it get the vital support they require.

You can donate here: https://tinyurl.com/u85fx4hs

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