CYCLISTS are on track to raise £ 15,000 for a music studio for underprivileged children.
Wrexham Sounds chairman Chris Lloyd and a group of friends and supporters will travel more than 250 miles around the North Wales mountains from October 7-10 to raise money for the revamped social enterprise.
Chris hopes people will support the VELO 21 challenge to help pay for the instruments and equipment that will transform the lives of young people through music.
“Thanks to everyone who has sponsored us so far, we are almost a third of the way to our goal, but we need more people to support the campaign,” Chris said.
“Wrexham Sounds is an amazing project with a great future, I am honored to be a volunteer director and to be part of such a brilliant team who are all focused on making music more accessible to children, especially those from difficult backgrounds.
“The services it will provide are needed more than ever as we emerge from the pandemic and restrictions continue to ease; many young people have been isolated and behind closed doors for so long that they will need support and guidance in a warm and welcoming atmosphere which we will provide through music, performance, dance and more.
Chris added: “The bike ride is going to be a tough challenge over just three days, but we are in training and well prepared.
“Please continue to support us and Wrexham Sounds – we look forward to sharing more news soon. ”
Formerly Vic Studios, the non-profit organization moved from Hill Street in town to Rhosrobin in the summer, after being closed for 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Led by directors Chris, Dave Gray and Caroline Richards, and general manager Olivia Gallagher, they have been busy forging new partnerships and reconnecting with stakeholders and community groups, as well as renovating the new-look studios. before they open in the coming weeks.
In addition to children and adolescents who will be referred through a range of local agencies and educators, there will be sessions for students who cannot access music lessons at school, as well as related activities for toddlers and infants.
For more information or to join the Wrexham Sounds team as a tutor or freelance volunteer, visit www.wrexhamsounds.org and follow them on social media at @wrexhamsounds.
To sponsor and support Chris and the team facing VELO 21, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/christopher-lloyd-1.