Bike ride set to raise thousands

Beaverbrook 2015 bike ride, Kirkham checkpoint, sent in by reader Brian Peet
Beaverbrook 2015 bike ride, Kirkham checkpoint, sent in by reader Brian Peet
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Record numbers of cyclists took part in the annual Beaverbrooks Bike Ride fund-raiser as the Fylde coast basked in glorious sunshine.

The annual event, which is now it’s 24th year, is organised to raise money for Bispham-based Trinity Hospice.

Beaverbrook 2015 bike ride, Kirkham checkpoint, sent in by reader Brian Peet

Beaverbrook 2015 bike ride, Kirkham checkpoint, sent in by reader Brian Peet

Organisers said 905 people ranging from ages four to over 80 took part in the Sunday event – a huge increase in the 846 which took part last year.

Since its inauguration, the ride has raised more than £262,000 for the Low Moor Road hospice – and the hopes are that it will manage to bring in a further £22,000 this time round to help Trinity’s ongoing running costs.

It costs around £7m each year to run the hospice, which receives no Government help, so bosses say the continuation of events such as this are vital to its existence.

Linzi Young, who is head of fund-raising at the hospice, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day.

“It was the biggest number of people we have ever had and the weather helped in bringing all the cyclists out for the ride.

“The event is brilliant for families and suitable for everyone, and with it not being a race, people are able to go round at their own pace.

“It is also important to thank everyone who came out to ride and support us, as well as the volunteers who made it all possible.

“Hopefully it can be just as successful next year.”

Cyclists were able to enter an 18-mile, 30-mile or 45-mile route which started in Fairhaven or a 15-mile or 45-mile route which set off from Thornton, with various checkpoints along the way.