New jobs for 25 apprentices

Cyclists return to Halifax Town Hall for formal reception.'Pictured are Roger Moore, Martin Haigh, Helen Rossi, mayor John Hardy, Steve Duncan, Dene Townend and Keith Midgley.
Cyclists return to Halifax Town Hall for formal reception.'Pictured are Roger Moore, Martin Haigh, Helen Rossi, mayor John Hardy, Steve Duncan, Dene Townend and Keith Midgley.
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Twentyfive apprentices will start or have started work thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy and six cyclists.

The team cycled more than 900 miles throughout ten days including a cavalcade through Halifax where the Mayor joined them on their journey.

Councillor Hardy picked Community Foundation for Calderdale as his charity of the year and his combined efforts have helped the foundation to raise more than £300,000 for the flood appeal and Cycle For Work.

The Mayor’s term in office is coming to an end next week and the group wanted to celebrate the past year.

Held at Halifax Town Hall the evening included a presentation by cyclists Martin Haigh, Steve Duncan and Roger Moore who talked about the charity and the success of the past year.

Chief executive of the foundation Mr Duncan said it was an emotional evening and that money was still coming in for the charity. “We are looking forward to our Chain Reaction event on Saturday. It will be a sit down dinner which will reflect the journey from Cornwall to Scotland. The different courses will reflect the different food you could eat. There will be apprentices there who have been interviewed.”

He said the Mayor and his wife Janet had attended more than 400 events over the last 12 months and it had been a record breaking year. “They have been tremendous ambassadors for Calderdale. They have been to schools and businesses and all over the place. They attended events for the Olympic Torch relay, the Diamond Jubilee and even went down to Buckingham Palace somewhere in between. It has been action packed.”

Mr Duncan said they were now looking at creating the Cycle For Work as a permanent charity to continue helping young people into jobs.