A 175-mile bike ride over the Pennines from Scarborough to Blackpool is set to raise hundreds for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.
Brothers Aidan and Greg McEvoy and James Cheal will lead a group of six in the ride from North Yorkshire on June 26, and after a week of fundraising have already raised up to £800.
The money will be split between our campaign, which is supporting Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice, and leukaemia research.
Aidan, 39, said: “A friend of mine died of cancer at Trinity Hospice last year, and as a result of that I did the Trinity Hospice bike ride.
“I raised quite a bit of cash by just asking around the office where I work, so I said we should do something bigger. I quite enjoyed doing the bike ride and raising so much money for Trinity.”
The group has decided to split its funds to include support for leukaemia research as James’s sister, Lorraine Cheal, suffered from the disease and has relapsed.
Their trek, which will take three days, is being supported by Ideal International, which will provide a vehicle for the journey.
Aidan, of Warbreck, added: “It’s going to be quite brutal, and I’m expecting the day we go over the Pennines to be horrendous even though it’s the shortest day.
“People’s generosity so far has amazed us, and that’s what will keep is going. We just want to raise as much as we can.
“Training’s been going well so far, we’re quite hopeful for the ride.”
We want to raise £200,000 for a massive refurbishment at Trinity and Brian House.