Michael Allchin raising money for children with cancer through ride.

The Birmingham Assay Office is gearing up for a charity bike ride, with its Assay Master Michael Allchin set to take part in a 50-mile bike ride to raise money for Cyclists Fighting Cancer, a charity that supports children suffering from cancer.

After the British athletes’ summer of success on the roads and in the velodrome, Allchin will now don some lycra, having been in training for some weeks for the Four Shires Sportive bike ride on September 23.


The Cyclists Fighting Cancer scheme donated new bikes and tricycles to children with cancer and Allchin says he is determined to raise enough money to buy at the very least one new bike through the charity, something he hopes will make a huge difference to the life of a child or teenager suffering from cancer.

Allchin said: “ I had a new bike last Christmas from my family. Even as a Grandad I was elated. I wanted a challenge for my new bike and old legs.

“Combining the challenge with the thought of making someone else’s dream come true is a big motivation and will be hugely satisfying” says Michael in his usual enthusiastic way.”

Allchin has never ridden as many as 50 miles in one outing and the route will include three near-vertical hills. In the last ten days Allchin has run for an hour and three-quarters and cycled more than 110 miles.

So far the Birmingham Assay Office has raised more than £2,250 and will be buying a new tricycle through Cyclists for Cancer for a girl named Hope who lives in Birmingham.

“We want to do more and aim to get through the £3,000 barrier to buy more bikes for these very sick children,” it said.

The BAO is taking donations for Allchin’s ride through his donations site.