The sun was shining brightly as three intrepid members of the East Goscote Lodge took to the saddle to raise monies for charity. For Nathan Paddison, Shael Marshall, and Vijay Chouhan, months of training had finally come to this moment, when the three of them set off on a journey from Syston, Leicestershire, to Skegness.
The support team of Pete Leatherland and Pete Leatherland Senior were on hand to ensure that the cyclists had everything they needed for the journey and were given a rapturous send-off by the watching crowd, including the Provincial Grand Master Peter Kinder, and the Chairman of the 2022 Festival Dale Page.
The route will take the cyclists eastwards, through to Grantham for a well-earned rest before pushing on towards Skegness before the day is out.
So far they have raised over £2,000 for the Leicestershire & Rutland 2022 Festival, which has a target of raising £1.8m for the Masonic Charitable Foundation, supporting local charities and good causes.
On seeing the cyclists depart into the glorious sunshine, the Provincial Grand Master, Peter Kinder said, "What a tremendous effort by East Goscote Lodge and these lads in particular, I am very proud of everything they are doing to support this fantastic charity".
The Chairman of the 2022 Festival Dale Page said, "The weather today is fantastic for the team, the effort they have put into this is superb, this is exactly what Freemasonry is all about".