Updated: Aug 16, 2020
This Saturday, as part of Swindon & Wiltshire Pride's celebration weekend, the Swindon & Wiltshire Pride Committee will be taking part in a 14 mile charity bike ride around Swindon.
They'll be raising money for next year's Swindon & Wiltshire Pride festival, as the festival for 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Jo Sharpe, chair, said “Swindon & Wiltshire Pride, like many charities, will struggle in the coming months and years due to the pandemic. As a committee, we decided very early on to divert our fundraising efforts to the Swindon Food Collective during lock down. The 8th August would have been Swindon & Wiltshire Pride 2020. The committee are still keen to have a presence within the community, so instead of the Pride Festival, the committee are going to do a Bike Ride which gives us a chance to spread the rainbow around Swindon, and also to thank our sponsors and the community for their support. So if you see us on our ride, please wave, cheer, say hello, or even blow your horn!”
The Ride for Pride will start at a former LGBTQ+ pub, The Waiting Rooms, at 10:30am. They will then make their way to Rainbow Walk near the Wyvern, Swindon Borough Council on Euclid Street, then up to old town, taking in the Town Gardens, which is the home of Pride, then on to Intel, followed by Nationwide Building Society, who are the main sponsors for 2021, and on to Thames Water, then they will be finishing back at The Waiting Rooms.
You can make a donation to the fundraiser through Go Fund Me: www.gofundme.com/f/raising-funds-for-sw-pride
For more details visit: www.swindonwiltshirepride.co.uk/donate