Hundreds saddle up for charity ride

Bicycle challenge: Get on your bikes for the 20th annual Beaverbrooks bike ride on Sunday, June 12
Bicycle challenge: Get on your bikes for the 20th annual Beaverbrooks bike ride on Sunday, June 12

HUNDREDS of cyclists are set to turn pedal power into pounds by hopping on their bikes to help a local hospice.

And Trinity Hospice is hoping to rake in the cash with its 20th annual Beaverbrooks Bike Ride next month.

Over the last two decades the event has raised a staggering £200,000 for the Bispham-based hospice and almost 700 people are expected to jump into the saddle for this year’s event on Sunday, June 12.

Julie Swift, the hospice’s even co-ordinator, said: “The Beaverbrooks Bike Ride is an incredibly important event in our fundraising calendar, especially this year as we celebrate the Bike Ride’s 20th anniversary.

“The event is an opportunity for our supporters to take part in something the whole family can get involved in and is also a fantastic way for the community to support our work here at the Hospice and meet new people.

“The Bike Ride has raised an amazing £200,000 over the last 20 years, with nearly 700 people taking part each year and we hope this year will exceed our expectations.”

Riders can choose from four routes depending on ability, with the option of tackling 15, 18, 30 or 45 miles.

The main start point for the event is the south car park at Fairhaven Lake, Ansdell, but riders also have the option of leaving from The Bay Horse, Thornton.

Start times range from 8.30am to 10am, finish lines close at 3pm.

Julie added: “Trinity Hospice receives limited government funding and we rely heavily on the generosity of the local community to help keep our vital services going.

“We understand money might be tight at the moment, and our message is not to be put off but to join us for the day, have fun and remember, giving a little helps a lot and all money raised goes directly towards patient care here at the Hospice.”

All riders will receive a commemorative medal once they’ve completed their route.

For more details and to enter online log on to www.trinityhospice.co.uk or call the Fundraising Team on (01253) 359362.