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Peterborough cycle club race to acknowledge power company donation

A Peterborough cycling club will be kitted out for the winter following a donation from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 11 January 2019 12:00 AM

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The power company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across the East of England, London and the South East, has given PACE (Peterborough All-terrain Cycling Enthusiasts) a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award scheme.

It donated the money through employee Martin Pilarski, a field engineer at the firm’s Peterborough office, who has been involved with PACE for the past three years.

The club regularly takes part in endurance events for local charities and takes pride in catering for cyclists of all types and all ages.

Martin said: “We are hugely grateful for this funding which will go towards new cycle tops with logos as well as additional bike equipment.

“I’ve been involved with PACE for the past three years and we’ve really grown in that time. At this time of year it’s mainly mountain biking but we mix it up and do events for adults as well as youngsters.

“One recent charity ride was from Yaxley, a village near Peterborough where most of us are from, to Hunstanton in North Norfolk, while we have also been involved in Teddy Bear fundraising for local hospitals.

“There’s a great community spirit at the club, I’ve been cycling for 20 years, but this is probably the most fun I’ve had with the sport.”

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £18,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff. The company promotes cycling through its ride-to-work scheme.