Pidy UK, a leading brand in ready-to-fill pastry cases, organised a charity bike ride earlier this week, which has raised thousands of pounds for the Northampton Hope Centre.

28 amateur cyclists took part in the bike ride from Northampton to Ypres in Belgium. The 270 mile, four day event was in aid of the Hope Centre, a charity working to help the homeless and less fortunate in society.

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Members of the catering equipment industry partook, including Andy Taylor, an account manager for foodservice and hospitality communications specialist Rawlingson Lane.

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This year’s event is the third consecutive year in which cyclists have taken on the challenge in aid of fundraising for the homeless charity.

The route, which started at the University of Northampton, which Pidy said was received an enthusiastic send-off to music, laughter and general high spirits, took in the sights, sounds and ‘hills’ of Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex over the first two days.

An overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland then saw the group of cyclists leave the the UK behind to ride the cycle paths across the Netherlands. The final day of the trip took the team into Belgium, to the streets of Bruges for a quick stop and refuel before a final push on to the WWI battlefields and memorials of the Passchendaele and Tyne Cot and the finish in the shadow of the Menin Gate, Ypres.