SUPPORTERS of the Cheshire charity, the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT), blew away the cobwebs with a bright and chilly bike ride event which raised £2,300.

Sixty-five riders came together to tackle either a 40 mile or 80 mile route starting and finishing at the charity’s base at Millington.

The event on March 11 was the idea of CAFT’s Sports and Challenges Co-ordinator, Jure Modic, with a huge amount of support from Ian Elliott from cycling group Timperley Boneshakers.

Jure was on hand to greet the riders for an early start and a bacon butty before they embarked on their cycling challenge.

Along with some dedicated volunteers he cheered them all on as they left in waves, and then cheered them all back in again after their chilly challenge. They were all then treated to a celebratory barbecue and beer to thank them for their fantastic efforts.

Jure said: “This was the first 'Frosty Bike Ride', but it definitely won’t be the last as it was such a fantastic day.

"We were so pleased to see so many people coming together, riders of all ages and abilities with one thing in common – the desire to raise funds for children in desperate need.

"This will definitely now become an annual event and joins our extensive programme of 26 events for 2017. All of the money raised will help us to change the lives of children who are living with difficulties most of us couldn’t imagine. We really can’t thank everyone who took part enough.”

The charity must raise £1million in 2017 in order to continue to offer holidays, daytrips and Christmas parties to terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West.

it has a full programme of events and challenges, including a Golf Day and Ladies Lunch at the Mere, a Firewalk and Skydive, places in the Manchester 10k and even a trekking event in Peru!

Further information about future events and challenges can be found on the charity’s website or by calling the fundraising office on 01565 830 053.