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Dave Rayner Fund awarded charity status

Vital organisation for budding pro cyclists to receive 'massive boost' from change

Joe Robinson
17 Oct 2019

The Dave Rayner Fund has been awarded charitable status, a move the organisation is labelling a 'massive boost'. The fund named after the late professional rider of the 1980s and 1990s was established in 1995 to help fund and support young riders attempting to race in Europe in the quest to make it as a pro.

In the 24 years the fund has been running, it has been incredibly successful with riders such as Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) and Hannah Barnes (Canyon-Sram) all being products of the system.

Its move to becoming a charitable organisation will see the fund's name change to The Rayner Foundation as it becomes legible for benefits such as Gift Aid, tax exemptions and government funding, something committee member Keith Lambert believes will push the organisation's work further. 

'Being awarded charitable status has been a brilliant achievement and will ensure we can further enable riders to progress in the sport of competitive cycling, whether that is on the bike or off it,' said Lambert.

'The assistance we are able to provide is financial, but it also takes the form of advice, mentoring and mental support to inspire, empower and support the next generation of athletes so they can achieve to the best of their ability.

'We hope this fantastic boost for the fund will help us to encourage more women and riders from underrepresented groups to engage in the sport.'

Rayner was a professional bike race during the 1980s and 1980s riding in the UK, the Netherlands and the USA. While still racing, Rayner was the victim of an assault on a night out in Bradford in 1994 which eventually led to his death four days later.

Friends and teammates of Rayner then established the fund in 1995 in memory of their former companion. Since then, it has raised over £1,000,000 from its annual dinners and events.

The 2019 Dave Rayner Annual dinner will take place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Saturday 23rd November with Simon Yates as guest of honour.

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