Madeleine Moon Gets on Her Bike to Raise Money for Poppy Appeal
On Wednesday 4th November, Madeleine Moon, Member of Parliament for Bridgend, took part in a charity static bike ride in Parliament to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. Madeleine cycled 1.63 km in minutes as part of the event being hosted by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) which aimed to get parliamentarians cycling for twelve 12 hours straight. The event was followed on from the success of the previous IPT static bike ride held in 2012 when money was raised for the Poppy Factory.
The money raised from the bike ride will help the Royal British Legion provide lifelong support for the armed forces community. The Poppy Appeal has the prestigious position of being the only charity to fundraise in Parliament.
Commenting on the event Madeleine said,
“I was pleased to be able to support the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal by taking part in the charity bike ride and I am grateful to the IPT for hosting the event. By giving up just 5 minutes of my day I have helped to raise money which will positively affect the lives of thousands of people across the UK. As a member of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, I have seen first-hand the vital support that The Legion provides to ex-service personnel and their families in Bridgend and across the country.
As we approach Remembrance Sunday on the 8th November, and Armistice Day on the 11th, it is important to take time to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of those who have served and died for their country. I will be attending a ceremony at Carnegie House in Bridgend on Sunday and I encourage others to take part in their local events and to give what they can to the Appeal.”
Commenting on the event, Nick Maher, CEO of the IPT added:
“I am extremely grateful to Madeleine and everyone else who took time out of their busy schedule to take part in the bike ride. The support we received from staff and members of both Houses was fantastic and I know the money raised will go far in supporting those who need it most.
“While it was a novel way to raise money for charity, the work of the Royal British Legion is essential to the lives of thousands of families across the UK and it was brilliant to see so many Parliamentarians getting involved and enjoying themselves on the bike in order to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”