MPs get on their bikes for charity

North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins takes part in a cycling challenge in aid of the Poppy Appeal

North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins takes part in a cycling challenge in aid of the Poppy Appeal

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This year’s fundraising Poppy Appeal got into top gear thanks to politicians including North East Fife’s MP, Stephen Gethins, taking part in a charity static bike ride in Parliament this week.

Yesterday (Wednesday) Stephen cycled 2.65 km in five minutes as part of the event being hosted by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT).

The bike ride took place from 8am to 8pm in Portcullis House where a number of MPs, Peers and Parliamentary officials took it in turns to cycle as far as they could in 10 minutes in an effort to reach the top spot on the leader board.

The money raised from the bike ride will help the Royal British Legion provide lifelong support for the armed forces community.

The event followed on from the success of the previous IPT static bike ride held in 2012 when money was raised for the Poppy Factory.

The Poppy Appeal has the prestigious position of being the only charity to fundraise in Parliament.

Commenting on the event, Stephen 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 a few minutes of my day I have helped to raise money which will positively affect the lives of thousands of people across the UK.”