MP gets on his bike to raise money for the Poppy Appeal

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton racde against the clock on an exercise bike to raise money for The Royal British Legions annual Poppy Appeal.
East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton racde against the clock on an exercise bike to raise money for The Royal British Legions annual Poppy Appeal.

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton joined the director general of The Royal British Legion and more than 70 other MPs to race against the clock on an exercise bike to raise money for The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

The 12-hour bike ride was held from 8am to 8pm in Portcullis House in Parliament on Wednesday of last week and aimed to raise money for the Legion’s national Poppy Appeal.

Tim represented his constituency by cycling as far as he could in five minutes, with the hope of topping the leaderboard and beating last year’s winner David Davies, MP for Monmouth in South Wales, who cycled 2.46 miles in five minutes.

Tim managed to cycle 1.8 miles in five minutes.

The ride was organised by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) in association with The Royal British Legion and follows on from the successful bike ride held in 2015 – where 77 MPs and Peers cycled a total of 
128.8 miles in a 12-hour period.

MPs were encouraged to donate as they took part, with all of the money raised on the day going to help The Royal British Legion provide lifelong support for the Armed Forces community.

The Central Parliament Poppy Appeal is the only charity that can fundraise in Parliament.