Twenty-seven cyclists left Canterbury on 10th August 2007 to cycle to Rome. They are following the Via Francigena (the Frankish Way), which is an ancient pilgrimage route recorded by Sigeric in 990AD when he travelled to and from Rome on his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury.
The ride is a journey of 1200 miles and includes a passage over the Grand St Bernard Pass. The group will arrive in Rome on Sunday 26th August.
The riders include Thanet District Citizens Advice Trustee – Simon Banks. who is raising money for Canterbury Cathedral and the Thanet District Citizens Advice Bureau. He says, “I am a trustee for Thanet Citizens Advice Bureau and believe that it provides an extremely useful and beneficial service to the residents of Thanet. Each Bureau is an independent local charity responsible for its own funding. Thanet itself is a very deprived area and Thanet District Citizens Advice Bureau is the only generalist advice service which is free and open to anyone who lives or works in Thanet. As a result demand for our service is very high.
The lack of Legal Aid in Thanet means that for many people CAB is their only option for assistance. The number of issues dealt with by the Bureau rises annually, and reached over 13,400 in 2006-07. One of the biggest problem areas is multiple debt, where demand for assistance continues to rise to almost unmanageable levels.” Your support is invaluable in helping to allow this vital resource to continue functioning."
Each rider is paying their own expenses. The cyclists are also expected to each raise at least £1000 sponsorship, of which at least 50% will go to the Save Canterbury Cathedral Campaign and 50% to the charity of the individual’s own choice –Simon is hoping to raise £3000, and will donate 50% to Thanet District Citizens Advice Bureau