Fundraising group raise thousands for Edmonton school

Cyclists in Lancaster Road ahead of their charity bike ride
Cyclists in Lancaster Road during one the charity bike rides

An Enfield fundraising group has raised £2,620 to help improve facilities available at a local school.

More than 30 members of the church-based group Olsgeire completed two long-distance cycle rides totalling 77 miles earlier this summer, in and around Enfield and Hertfordshire.

The name of the group derives from their connection with Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St George, a Roman Catholic church in Enfield Town. They aim to be “enterprising, independent, resourceful and ethical”. They are supported by local businessman Noel Sainsbury, director of Archers Financial Services, which is based in Windmill Hill.

The money raised from the bike rides, which is part of a total of £700,000 that has been raised by Olsgeire over many years, has been donated to St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School in Edmonton.

Noel said: “We were hoping to improve their outdoor reception area to enhance their children’s learning and Olsgeire were more than happy to help raise the funds for this.

“The cyclists started with a 75-kilometre ride on the Saturday followed by a further 50km ride on Sunday. All cyclists put in a tremendous effort and did themselves proud.”

Other local projects supported by the group include North London Hospice and Hope for Children. Most of their fundraising is generated through cycle events, golf days and music performances. The group used to take part in an annual 220-mile running relay, as well as numerous marathons, “before Noel’s knees gave in”.

Noel added: “Thank you to those who took part and to all that showed their support with donations.”