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Alpine charity adventure for Rotherham Deputy Chief Executive

Published: 19th May 2006

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Jonathan Dixon, gets on his bike for Parkinson’s Disease

The Deputy Chief Executive of a Rotherham based investment fund is getting on his bike in aid of a major national charity.

Jonathan Dixon (pictured) of the South Yorkshire Investment Fund has signed up to the Etape in July -  a gruelling 187km stage of the famous Tour de France that finishes more than 2000m up in the French Alps, climbing three major peaks en route.

Jonathan is hoping to raise more than £2500 for the Parkinson’s Disease Society. The charity was established in 1969 and now has more than 300 branches and support groups throughout the UK. Last year the Society spent more than £3.4m on funding research into the cause, cure and prevention of Parkinson’s and improvements in available treatments.

Jonathan said: “The Parkinson’s Disease Society is a cause that is very close to my heart.  A member of my close family is severely disabled as a result of early-onset Parkinson’s Disease so I wanted to do something to help.

“This is a once in a lifetime challenge that makes my bike ride last year from London to Paris look like a Sunday School outing! I’ve been preparing for the ride since Christmas but now I need everyone’s kind support to spur me on.

“Every penny from personal donations will go to the charity. Companies that pledge more than £75 can also have their logo placed on my jersey and will receive exposure as a key sponsor through mailshots and news coverage.”

SYIF provide loans and equity linked investments ranging from £15k to £2.5m to businesses already in, or prepared to relocate to, South Yorkshire. The Fund has already invested over £20.5 million in 164 businesses.

To sponsor Jonathan’s fundraising adventure send donations to Jonathan Dixon at South Yorkshire Investment Fund, Reresby House, Bow Bridge Close, Rotherham, S60 1BY or via PayPal at www.paypal.com and make a payment through his email, jonathan.dixon206@btinternet.com.

For more information on how SYIF can help you, please go to www.syif.com or call 01709 386 377

Editor's Notes

About South Yorkshire Investment Fund

South Yorkshire Investment Fund  provided seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15k to £2.5m, specifically to help small and medium businesses meet the gaps in funding they need for growth and development.

Created as part of the Objective 1 programme, the Fund is a private and public sector business finance provider. The European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward are investors in the Fund.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provided access to Business Angel investments from the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels and Microloans through BiG Business Loan Fund and Donbac Microloan Fund.

Finance Yorkshire has now taken on responsibility for providing gap finance in Yorkshire and the Humber.

For further details please contact Suzanne Tinkler,  on 0845 649 0000.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (Registered No 3936065). South Yorkshire Investment Fund comprises three sub funds, the South Yorkshire Investment Capital Fund, the South Yorkshire Investment Development Fund, which are each managed by YFM Venture Finance Limited, and the South Yorkshire Investment Small Business Fund, which is managed by Finance South Yorkshire Ltd. YFM Venture Finance Limited (Tel 0113 294 5000) and Finance South Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 01709 386 377) are each authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provides a number of services, which are not regulated by The Financial Services Authority. These include the pilot Seedcorn Fund, BiG Business Loan Fund, Mentorbank and access to the Donbac Microloan Fund. BiG Business Loan Fund is managed by Donbac Ltd (company registration No. 01925556) and Key Fund Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 0114 242 8900).