Raffled bike has a new home as Steve hands-over

PCUK fundraising raffle raises cash for charity

The Football League’s chosen charity this year is Prostate Cancer UK, and Exeter City FC have been at the forefront of raising funds for this worthwhile cause. 

One of the initiatives has been to raffle a Scott hybrid bike, with both on- and off-road capability, which raised over £1,000 for PCUK and Exeter City’s own Football in the Community charity.

Our picture shows Exeter City Director of Football and Spurs legend Steve Perryman handing over the bike to the lucky winner, Mrs Greenslade of Topsham.  The handover took place at the Route 2 Café in Topsham, where proprietor and Exeter City season ticket holder Liz Hodges also runs a cycle shop – raffling the bike for charity was her idea.

The bike raffle was part of fund raising by our three supporter/representatives – including Liz – who are undertaking the challenge of cycling 150 miles from London to Amsterdam in just two days this summer.  The challenge, organised by the Football League, has nearly 160 entrants, representing 57 of the 72 FL clubs, including Luther Blissett, the ex-Watford and England striker, and Micky Adams, the current Port Vale manger.

We will keep you updated on the preparation and progress of our three representatives – the other two are Richard Horne, who works in our back office, and Graham Heysett, a matchday steward on the Big Bank – as they work up fitness for the long and arduous ride. 

The ride starts in east London from the Matchroom Stadium – home of League One side Leyton Orient, and the cyclists then pedal almost 90 miles on the first day to Harwich on the Suffolk coast.  The overnight ferry then takes them to the Hook of Holland, before a further testing 60-mile ride to Amsterdam – although this leg is mainly on cycle paths and of course is relatively flat.  The ride ends at the iconic Amsterdam Arena, home of Dutch champions AFC Ajax, on 8th June.