Rock and a hard place
A gruelling European cycle challenge is being organised by local Freemasons for the Buckinghamshire Masonic Benevolent Fund (BMBF) alongside non-masons riding for other charities.
Rock Ride 2 will see the cyclists ride 1,500 miles from the Rock of Gibraltar to Buckinghamshire in 14 days at the beginning of June. The original Rock Ride event took place in 2010, but Rock Ride 2 is much bigger with 18 cyclists raising funds for 10 charities.
Grants from the BMBF, which began in 1902, top up any state welfare benefits an individual is entitled to receive, as well as any additional help from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity. Much of the BMBF’s expenditure is for one-off emergency payments to assist with unforeseen circumstances caused by sudden illness or death, and the level of annual grants is around £60,000. For more information about the cycle challenge, visit www.rockride2.com