David Cameron presents cheque to OAB

David Cameron presents cheque to OABPrime Minister, David Cameron MP visited the Tite Inn at Chadlington, near Chipping Norton on Friday 14th September to present a cheque for over £11,000 to Oxfordshire Association for the Blind and Katharine House Hospice.

The money was raised for the two charities by 30 cyclists from the Tite Inn who cycled over 120 miles back to Chadlington from Downing Street on 13th and 14th April 2012.

This year’s ride was run in memory of the founder of the event, Mike Willis, the former landlord of the Tite Inn, and was therefore renamed ‘The Mike Ride’.

Before becoming Prime Minister David Cameron was a regular participant in this annual charity bike ride and had said that if ever he became Prime Minister the ride could start in Downing Street.  Mike’s widow Sue was in Downing Street to start the event, and his two daughters Nicola and Genevieve took part in the ride, leading the cyclists back into Chadlington.

David Cameron said,  “Every rider deserves congratulations on raising so much money for these two wonderful local charities.  It is great that the ‘Mike Ride’ will continue.  I always enjoyed taking part, and Mike deserves so much credit for instigating this wonderful local community event.”

The cheque was presented to our Director, Colin Cure,  who also took part in the ride, and Bernadette Ross, Director of Nursing at Katharine House Hospice.

The next ‘Mike Ride’ will take place in the Spring of 2014, starting at the Olympic Velodrome, passing by Chequers and finishing at the Tite Inn, Chadlington.  For anyone interested in taking part please call 01865 725595 or email fundraising@oxeyes.org.uk