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The Light Fund’s 65-strong team kick off epic Bristol to Dublin fundraising challenge

The Light Fund’s biggest fundraising challenge left Bristol this morning.

A 65-strong team of licensing professionals are embarking on a four-day 325km bike ride from Bristol to Dublin, and they began their journey with a donation to Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal at Aardman Animations in Bristol yesterday. 

The £5,000 cheque was presented to Anna Shepherd from The Grand Appeal. The Wallace & Gromit characters were on hand for the celebration, together with Aardman’s Head of Licensing, Rob Goodchild who is himself taking part in the cycle event.

The bike ride aims to raise at least £150k for The Light Fund – the UK licensing industry’s official charity which raises money for good causes in the UK and worldwide. The monies are being raised through corporate sponsorships on the ride – from a wide range of companies across the industry – and through personal fundraising.

The Grand Appeal is the first of many beneficiaries this year, with each chosen cause set to receive a donation capped at £5,000. Since being established in 2004, The Light Fund’s mission has been to support multiple good causes; it has donated over £1 million to charities such as Alzheimer’s Society, The Children’s Trust, Bliss and Challenge Africa. 

The team left Bristol at 6am this morning to cycle 102 miles in one day to reach Llanelli, South Wales. Along the way they will make a second £5,000 donation to Tŷ Hafan, a Welsh hospice charity, supported by Newport-based Bon Bon Buddies, a supplier of licensed character and branded confectionery.

 Other beneficiaries from the funds raised by the bike ride will be announced by The Light Fund committee later this year.

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