Ride2Bury cyclists closing in on £16,000 barrier

Simon Ferry, left, with Ricky Holmes, centre, and Jed Wallace at the balloon release for Jack Robinson

Simon Ferry, left, with Ricky Holmes, centre, and Jed Wallace at the balloon release for Jack Robinson

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A group of Pompey fans are racing towards the £16,000 barrier in a charity cycle ride.

Tom Dearie and 19 others are to cycle 300 miles to take in the final away game of the season at Bury.

Armed with an £18,000 target, half of the funds raised are earmarked to be split between three groups with associations with the late Jack Robinson.

The remaining 50 per cent will be used to buy community shares in the Blues.

Presently £15,750 has been collected ahead of their departure from Fratton Park on Wednesday, April 23.

Those who have so far contributed to the cause have been former Pompey players Jamie Ashdown and David Norris.

In addition, Simon Ferry is organising sponsorship among the current group of Blues players.

And Dearie is delighted with the response from fans towards their gruelling journey.

He said: ‘I have absolutely almost run out of words to say thank you to people.

‘Only on Saturday against Hartlepool two people came up to me to donate £150 between them.

‘All the cyclists are really fortunate to be in a position where we can do things like this to help others.

‘And if people didn’t support it this wouldn’t be happening. We rely on them supporting us in every way.

‘The figure raised so far is incredible and three of the guys taking part have bought bikes specially to take part in this.

‘In the beginning we targeted collecting £10,000 – well we are now almost £6,000 above that and appreciate everyone’s generosity.’

Originally, the idea of the bike ride was to obtain more shares in Pompey to increase the 20 that Pompeys12th Man currently own.

It was then changed to also financially benefit Naomi House, a Brain Tumour research charity and the ward at Southampton General Hospital which cared for Jack.

The cycling team, which includes Pompey president John Crossley, will spend three nights on the road, before arriving at Bury on April 26.

To make a donation visit ride2bury.co.uk