On Wednesday 4 November, Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington donned his lycra (a pair of shorts anyway) and climbed on-board a static bike in Parliament to promote the Poppy Appeal.
5 minutes later Tom had cycled 3.9 km, the second best score amongst the MPs, as part of the event being hosted by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) which aimed to get parliamentarians cycling for twelve hours straight. Over 40 MPs, Peers and Parliamentary Officials in Portcullis House took it in turns to cycle as far as they could in 5 minutes in an effort to raise money to go straight to the Poppy Factory.
The Poppy Appeal has the prestigious position of being the only charity to fundraise in Parliament and the funds raised are used to help the Royal British Legion provide lifelong support for the armed forces community.
Commenting on the event Tom Brake MP 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. By giving up just 5 minutes of my day I have helped raise the profile of one of our best-loved charities. Any money donated will positively affect the lives of thousands of people across the UK.”
Tom was also outside Hackbridge Station in the morning last week collecting for the Poppy Appeal.
Commenting on the event, Nick Maher, CEO of the IPT added:
“I am extremely grateful to Tom Brake and everyone else who took time out of their busy schedule to take part in the bike ride. 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.”