FORMER Stoke City stopper Steve Simonsen has this week helped to launch a charity bike ride that reunites his current club Rangers with the Potters for a second successive year.
Six months ago a large number of Stoke City and Rangers supporters, together with club officials, cycled 300 miles from the Britannia Stadium to Ibrox, in Glasgow, in aid of two in-house charities.
The Stoke City Community Trust and the Rangers Charity Foundation were the beneficiaries of the hugely successful charity trek, with thousands of pounds being raised by the participants.
Next year they are doing it all again, and Simonsen, who joined the Scottish giants in the summer, is urging supporters both here in Stoke and up in Glasgow to get themselves involved and help raise an even more substantial amount of money for two great causes.
“On behalf of both football clubs, I am urging as many supporters as possible to take on this challenge - it's a great idea to unite fans, support local charities and get fit at the same time.
“Rangers and Stoke supporters are two sets of fans who are totally passionate about their clubs and this is a great way to channel that enthusiasm for the benefit of their associated charities.”
James Bertram, founder of the cycle challenge, said: “We are a group of football fans who want to give something back to our local communities and we are showing that by working together we can tackle this huge distance and raise lots of money for some very worthy charities. We'll also have lots of fun on the way!"
The cycle challenge is being supported by Evans Halshaw, Marbill Coaches, Brian Rourke, Longstaff cycles, Enterprise rent a car, Pure Gym Stoke, Nuffield Health, Provision cycle clothing, the Louden Tavern, Coopers Bar Wishaw and PREM Management.
For more information, or to register an interest in joining the fundraisers on the 300-mile, four day journey, from Ibrox to the Britannia Stadium, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.