Andy Taylor, an account manager for foodservice and hospitality communications specialist Rawlingson Lane, is embarking on an epic 270 mile cycle ride from Northampton to Ypres in aid of homeless charity Northampton Hope.

Along with 35 other amateur cyclists, Mr Taylor will be setting off on September 8 on what he describes as the somewhat insane challenge of riding from Northampton University to Ypres in Belgium over four, gruelling days of sweat, aches and pains.

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They will be raising money for The Hope Centre, a day-centre for the people who have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand getting life back on track.

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“While many of us are lucky enough to have had a stable background, a good career, family, friends and people to look-out for us, those at the Hope Centre aren’t so lucky. Often abused as children or simply misunderstood by society, these people come from all walks of life and haven’t really had the chance to get their feet the first rung of the ladder of life, ending up sleeping outside or bumming from one sofa to another. The Hope Centre gives them just that, “hope”; a fixed address where they can get the help and guidance for simple things such as job applications or keeping in touch with families, fresh clothes and at least one good meal a day,” Mr Taylor describes on his Just Giving fund raising page.

As a group, the cyclists are hoping that Ride 4 Hope 2016 will raise in excess of £35,000 for the charity.

Mr Taylor’s My personal target is to raise £500, and he is already half way there.

With the help of Catering Insight’s generous readers, we hope to smash that target for a worthy cause.

Please click here to visit Ride 4 Hope’s Just Giving page and to donate.