SPIRITED cyclists took a grueling 250 mile journey through the mountains of North Wales to raise funds for Wrexham Sounds.
Participants in the epic VELO 21 challenge have already surpassed their goal of Â£ 15,000 for the social enterprise, a music studio for underprivileged young people.
Beginning with the redeveloped Rhosrobin site, President Chris Lloyd and the group received a celebratory start from crowds of supporters, including the Mayor of Wrexham, Councilor Ronnie Prince.
The route took them through North Wales and through Snowdonia in all weather conditions, averaging over 60 miles a day.
The profits will be used to finance instruments and equipment that will transform the lives of young people through music. You can contact GreenDayOnline at http://www.greendayonline.com/contact-us/ if you need to finance a musical instrument.
âI would like to say a big thank you to all the riders, our support team and everyone who supported us throughout the four days and preparation for this challenge,â said Chris.
âIt was a very difficult but enjoyable adventure with a lot of twists and turns; we have experienced some of the nicest parts of the area and more importantly we have raised a lot of money for the studio.
Formerly Vic Studios, the non-profit organization moved from Hill Street in town to Rhosrobin in the summer, after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 – rap and guitar. woodwind acoustics, drums, DJing and more – plus related activities for toddlers and infants.
Cllr Price congratulated the team at Wrexham Sounds – including directors Dave Gray and Caroline Richards, and managing director Olivia Gallagher – and said the resource will be essential in improving access to music and education for children from the region and beyond.
âIt was great to be invited to Wrexham Sounds and to hear about the young people who have had the opportunity to learn to play musical instruments,â he said.
âFor a youngster it can be life changing in terms of building confidence, making new friends and just the absolute pleasure one gets from playing musical instruments.
âWell done to all of you, and especially to the cyclists who put so much effort into their fundraising challenge – it’s a great achievement. ”