Macdonald Ansty Hall in Coventry has supported local legend Dave 'Blind Dave' Heeley along with his team mates during a 180 mile charity bike ride between Norwich and West Bromwich.

The team were taking part in the 'Baggies Bike Ride' raising money and awareness for the Albion Foundation, which aims to raise the aspirations of the most deprived in the local community through sport and educational opportunities. Macdonald Ansty Hall entertained the 28 strong team of charity riders with a complimentary dinner, luxury accommodation and a traditional Scottish breakfast to set them up for their final push into Birmingham.

Blind Dave, who completed the three day challenge on a tandem bike, has undertaken countless gruelling challenges over the years. He is the first blind person in the world to have completed the ultimate endurance challenge of seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. The father of three lost his sight at the age of seventeen and uses his experience and determination to motivate and inspire others.

Macdonald Ansty Hall General Manager Antonio Campanile said: "We are really pleased that we have been able to welcome Dave and the Albion Foundation to Macdonald Ansty Hall to look after them on the last night before their final push into Birmingham. It was a pleasure to meet Dave who is a local legend, what he does for charity is amazing and all our staff were happy to play a small part in this awesome challenge."

Dave Heeley said; "The Baggies Bike Ride has been a huge success, as well as having a lot of fun, the team has raised £20,000 to provide sport and educational opportunities for the most disadvantaged members of our community. Everyone who took part in the ride has been overwhelmed by the phenomenal support we received along the way, from people beeping their horns and coming out to wave to the wonderful welcome and hospitality we received at the beautiful Macdonald Ansty Hall in Coventry."

Donations can be made to the Albion Foundation at