Gruelling bike-ride to aid food-bank for poor

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A VICAR has completed a gruelling charity bike-ride in support of a new project that will provide food to poverty-hit families in Bulwell.

The REV ANDY MORRIS is head of St Matthew’s Church on Bestwood Estate and St Philip’s in Top Valley. He is also the husband of Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), a Bulwell member of Nottingham City Council.

He switched his attentions to two wheels when he completed the 145-mile ride from Workington in Cumbria to Sunderland.

The challenge spanned four days, and Andy (55) is hoping to have raised more than £700.

The cash will go towards setting up the Bestwood and Bulwell Food Bank, which will be launched next month to help locals suffering badly from the economic recession.

The project will provide ten meals (four breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners) to anyone who is so needy they are given a special voucher by services including local doctors, schools or children’s centres.

Andy said: “The ride was one of the toughest things I have ever done, but it was worth it. The food bank is needed now more than ever.”

Anyone who would like to donate cash to the project can send cheques to Bestwood and Bulwell Food Bank at St Matthew’s vicarage on Padstow Road.

To donate food, contact Andy on 0115 9277229.

OUR PHOTO shows Andy just before the start of his bike-ride.