At the beginning of 2021, CMB Engineering Director, Bertie Borley, decided to take on a 365-day bike ride challenge in an effort to raise money for The Llanrumney Hall Pantry. The Pantry is a community food facility service that is part of The Llanrumney Hall Community Trust charity, founded by CMB Director, Steve Borley, and aims to reduce food poverty in Cardiff East.
Bertie took this charity fundraiser a step further a couple months into the challenge by dressing up each morning on his 20-mile cycles wearing captain America outfits, tuxedos, monkey masks and more… as if cycling up steep hills for 20 miles wasn’t hard enough!!
At the beginning of December, 2021, Bertie made the decision to complete his yearlong challenge on December 31st with a 24-hour nonstop cycle alongside his son Rob where they would pedal into the new year. Bertie and Rob began cycling at 8pm on the 30th and finished at 8pm on New Years Eve, covering an remarkable 271 miles in that period, adding to the 6,180 miles in total he did throughout the year.
Bertie donated 100% of the proceeds to The Pantry over the Christmas and winter period and managed to secure some last-minute cash donations taking the total figure raised to £3,000. It goes without saying that this money certainly made a big difference to the Christmas's of many families in the East of Cardiff last year and we would like to thank Bertie for his efforts in raising the funds.