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Bristol Roller Derby Roll Up the Funds for Local Charity ONE 25

Many have cycled the 16mile track from Bristol to Bath for its beautiful scenery, but not so many have attempted the route on roller skates. This difficult task didn’t deter 12 women from Bristol Roller Derby, who completed the challenge last month in less than four hours, and raised a grand total of £1022.00 for their league, and local charity One 25.

Roller derby is a female-only, full-contact sport played on quad roller skates and the league is completely skater owned and funded. Such fundraising events are essential to keep the sport of Roller Derby alive in Bristol.

Half of the sponsorship money raised has been donated to the Bristol-based charity One25. Since 1995, One25 has been supporting street-working women to escape the streets and build a life free from violence, poverty and addiction.

Gemma Green, 33, from Clifton took part in the skate. She said: “An underlying ethos of roller derby is to connect and empower women from all walks of life to be positive, focused and confident. This is reflected in the aims of One25 and it is great that we can help them to achieve this by sharing some of our funds raised.”

Josie Hill, from One 25, said: “We are very grateful to the Bristol Roller Derby league for recognising our work with vulnerable women in our city and supporting One25 so generously. The £500 raised by Bristol Roller Derby will make a big difference in supporting more local women to achieve their dreams: a life free from the abuses of the streets, reuniting with lost friends and family and finding their true potential in our soon to be launched skills development centre.”

The Bristol Roller Derby League was founded in April 2010 and they are always looking at inventive ways to raise funds, as well as currently looking into sponsorship opportunities.

Gemma continued: “Fundraising events such as the Bristol to Bath skate bring a real sense of camaraderie to the team and despite having very tired legs, we had such fun that many of the girls have even gone on to complete a 26 mile Roller Marathon at Goodwood”.

Further details of Bristol Roller Derby events, public bouts and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.bristolrollerderby.com.

For more information about One 25 visit http://www.one25.org.uk/

For more information or images please contact Brooke Nolan on blnolan@gmail.com or 07769184276.

One25 has been supporting vulnerable women and their families in Bristol since 14 May 1995. It offers night outreach, a friendly drop-in centre with a range of professional services and a unique mother and baby home – the only one in the country for mothers escaping sex-work. The charity’s mission is to reach out to women trapped in street sex-work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. For more information please visit http://www.one25.org.uk/ or call Josie Hill on 0117 909 8832.