16 year old Henry Atkins came up with the idea of doing the cycle ride from his home town of Exeter to the Plymouth track at the St Boniface Arena to raise funds for his new club. His fellow Devonians Saul Bulley and Richard Andrews then offered to join him on the near 50 mile bike ride .
They have all been raising sponsorship plus a go fund me was set up at : https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/plymouth-devils?utm_id=107&utm_term=qEmw4aEP5 p
Henry’s school, where he is Head Boy, are holding a bucket collection to back him whilst fans from all over the country have been pledging support.
The lads are leaving Exeter at about 10am and expect to ride into the St Boniface Arena around 3pm with fans invited to come along and cheer the lads as they do a celebratory lap around the track. Free tea and coffee will be available and for those fans who have not sponsored the trio buckets will be on display to make contributions.
Devils Co-Promoter Mark Phillips is amazed at the efforts of the three young riders, “ These lads are brilliant. Doing this shows what great commitment and team spirit we have already even before we have ridden as a team. Fans are very welcome on Saturday and they can see what improvements we have made so far and how the Arena is looking tidy and painted. Naturally every penny counts so we hope the lad’s efforts will have produced a healthy amount towards the new air fence.”The Devils hold their press and practice on Saturday April 8th at 1pm with a meet the riders night the previous evening at the Smithaleigh Hotel, Plympton starting at 7.30. The first home meeting is on Good Friday (April 14th) against Isle of Wight in a National Trophy clash with a 7.15pm start.