Putting the cycling in recycling – council worker gets on his bike for Mayor’s charities

A council worker is preparing to saddle up for a 100-mile bike ride to raise money for the Mayor’s charities.


Tony Pickess, a waste contracts manager at Kingston Council and a keen cyclist, will be taking on the Prudential RideLondon London-Surrey 100 to raise money for the Mayor of Kingston’s Charitable Trust which in 2014-15 is supporting: Royal Kingston Scout District; Girlguiding Kingston, Malden and Surbiton Divisions; Kingston and District Sea Cadets; and the Horse Rangers Association.

Kingston takes centre stage on Sunday 10 August when the town is a key part of the route for Prudential RideLondon with the riders in the mass participation event and the men’s professional race passing through twice.

The Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Classic will start from Kingston’s Ancient Market on the day too.

Tony said:

“I’ve done a number of charity events but I’ve yet to cycle 100 miles in one day! It will be a real challenge, but I jumped at the chance to take part in aid of the Mayor’s Charitable Trust. The money raised will help young people in Kingston to access and get involved in youth and community groups and help them broaden their horizons.”

Veolia, Kingston’s waste and recycling collection contractor, has boosted Tony’s fund raising efforts by sponsoring his shirt for £600.

The Mayor, Councillor Ken Smith JP, said:

“We all wish Tony every success and we will be thinking of him. I hope that he enjoys the day and the weather is kind. Good luck from everyone at Kingston Council.”

To sponsor Tony go to his JustGiving page at


For more information about Prudential RideLondon in Kingston, see Prudential RideLondon.