Cycle trek raises £1,600

Pictured are Gareth Russell, Steve Lee, Gerald Thompson, Stephen Thompson, Ron Hemsley (support van) James Lee, Vicky Lee and Steph Hemsley (fundraiser). Photo by John Crossland.
Pictured are Gareth Russell, Steve Lee, Gerald Thompson, Stephen Thompson, Ron Hemsley (support van) James Lee, Vicky Lee and Steph Hemsley (fundraiser). Photo by John Crossland.
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CHARITABLE cyclists covered nearly 100 miles to raise £1,600 for a vital life saving organisation in what has become an annual fund raising adventure.

Seven of the kind-hearted riders, peddled from Leicester to the Ship Inn, Ingoldmells, on Saturday, collecting funds for the Air Ambulance as they went.

The group first decided to start their charitable challenges over a few pints in the local pub last year. Their first venture was in aid of cancer patients but this time they chose the Air Ambulance for its local life-saving importance.

Cyclist Stephen Thompson said: “It’s a good because anyone anyone might need it one day, and it’s important for the local area.”

None of the fund raisers are regular cyclists, with some of them having barely ridden a bike in years - making their efforts all the more commendable.

In addition to the donations picked up on the day, there were some special advance contributions.

Stephen works for Fanstasy Island and it made a donation of £100 and the Leicester branch of the Royal British Legion also added more than £50 to the total.

Fund raising co-ordinator Steph Hemsley has also thanked the Ship Inn and the Four Winds for allowing her to collect in the lead up to the event. Next year the group hope to raise funds for a children’s charity by cycling from Ingoldmells across the breadth of the country.