A group of staff working for Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) in Herefordshire is to embark on a 100-mile cycle ride to support families who have lost a young adult in an accident on the county’s roads.
Steve Jay, BBLP highway engineer and trustee of the ELY Memorial Fund Charity, will lead colleagues, subcontractors and friends of the charity, on the two-day ride on June 27 and 28.
Fifty cyclists will take part in the fund-raising event which begins in Hereford and ends in Aberystwyth.
They hope to raise awareness of the financial and emotional suffering which follows the death of a son or daughter aged between 17 and 25.
Steve Jay, who enjoys a challenge, is a close family friend to Emma Louise Young, who died three years ago on the A438 between Ledbury and Hereford.
The charity, set up by her mother Angela Tyler and cousin Keira Dovey in her name, has to date given support to one local family with another request for help received just two weeks ago.
He said ELY was ‘a wonderful charity’ which could provide financial assistance with funeral costs as well as much needed care.
“When the mother of the family we helped last year joined us she said that without Angela’s emotional support she would have found life so much more difficult to cope with. Having Angela to speak with, someone who fully understood what she was feeling, was a great comfort to her.”
Among those taking part are BBLP contract director and keen cyclist Andy Williams and the Council’s public realm provider is providing logistical support for the 10 teams of five riders.
Andy Williams said: 'BBLP is keen to build close, long-term relationships with local charities and organisations, providing practical support where possible.
'We have a strong community engagement programme and encourage staff to volunteer and support local events such as this.'
Steve added: “I am hopeful that this will become an annual event and grow steadily over time as the charity is looking to be proactive and not just reactive in the near future.”