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Albion heroes to support Albion Foundation celebration

Foundation primed for Baggies Bike Challenge

BAGGIES heroes - from on and off the pitch - will be getting on their bikes to help celebrate The Albion Foundation's 25th anniversary.

As part of the Foundation's silver jubilee, legends Brendon Batson and Bob Taylor will join supporter and champion fundraiser 'Blind' Dave Heeley and other cyclists on the Baggies Bike Challenge - a 180-mile trip from Norwich to West Bromwich.

Leaving Carrow Road on Thursday March 17, the Baggies Bike Challenge crew will travel to Peterborough on the first day of their journey, before heading to Coventry on Thursday for the following leg.

The final stretch of their journey will see them arrive at the Fanzone at 1.30 on Foundation Day, March 19, in the build up to the home game against Norwich City.

Next month's gruelling trip follows last year's successful Tri-Albion challenge, which involved participants cycling, walking and running in aid of the Foundation. 

The group will be looking to top their efforts of 2015 when they raised in excess of £19,000.

The Albion Foundation will be celebrating with a number of events and fundraising initiatives throughout the year to mark their 25th anniversary, starting with the Foundation Day fixture on March 19. 

Foundation staff members will also be selling their limited edition 25th Anniversary wristbands in the build up to the day. All proceeds from the sales will go to The Albion Foundation (Charity Number: 1081948).

Foundation Director Rob Lake said: "This is the second bike challenge we've done and we want to make this an annual event.

"We have 30 cyclists on board and it's part of the our fund raising strategy.

"And by having Bob, Brendon and Blind Dave on board we hope we can also raise awareness of the Foundation and the work we do.

"We want to make this year's challenge and Foundation Day bigger and better than ever before."

'Blind' Dave Heeley added: “The Foundation helps build independence for young children who may not necessarily have the support that they need and we hope that our cyclist group can inspire these kids onto bigger, better things."

Anyone wishing to donate to the Baggies Bike Challenge can text “WBAF25 £3” to 70070 to donate £3.00 or donate via the website here.

Furthermore, those donating via text will automatically be entered into a draw to win free season tickets for next season.