Cirencester Friendly the income protection specialists, who are supporting countywide children’s charity Gloucestershire Young Carers, recently took on a static cycle ride to show their support for this local charity.

The staff pledged to cycle the equivalent distance of touring all the charity’s respite support groups – but without leaving the pavement outside their office. On a static bike, on loan from local gym, Snap Fitness, they completed the ride covering the distance of 164 miles.

Cirencester Friendly chose to support GYC as their Charity of the Year following a staff vote. GYC support more than 1000 young carers throughout the county and run a respite support group for young carers in the Cirencester area.

Find out more about GYC here.

Sophie Barran-Jones from Cirencester Friendly said: “We would like to thank the people of Cirencester for their generosity on the day, who helped us raise a total of £330, which will be matched by the society and will make a huge difference to GYC. The day was a huge success with a lot of support from our staff, local passers-by and Gloucestershire Young Carers. Everyone put in such a great effort to ride our target of 164 miles, even on a very hot day! Thank you to Snap Fitness for the loan of the bike and everyone who got involved on the day.”

Fundraising and Marketing Manager for Gloucestershire Young Carers, Jane Dyer, said: “I recently presented to the staff of Cirencester Friendly, telling them of some of the young people we support and the challenges they face in their caring roles. The response from the staff was incredibly positive. They really appreciated how challenging life can be for young carers and they are keen to support our work to reduce the impact of the caring role for young people.”