Cyclists raise £2,500 for head & neck cancer aid

The cyclists just before setting off for Skegness. Photo supplied.
The cyclists just before setting off for Skegness. Photo supplied.

AN epic bike ride which finished in Skegness at the weekend has helped to raise over £2,500 for a cancer charity - with more still to be counted.

Seventeen eager cyclists travelled from Leicester to the coastal resort on Saturday to raisecash for the ‘20-20 vision of VOICE’ cancer appeal, which was formed with the sole intentaion of providing essential medical equipment for head and neck cancer patients nationwide.

The group set off from outside Leicester Clock Tower at 6am, and swiftly rattled off the miles on their way through Grantham and Sleaford.

Despite soaring temperatures and a rapid pace none the team soldiered on and arrived into Skegness at around 3.30pm, where they immediately set up a banner on the seafront railings and set about ‘tin rattling’ for donations - in spite of their tiredness.

The riders were met by Skegness mayor Mark Anderson and representative of Yates’s, who arranged for refreshments.

“It was a fantastic feat,” said a spokesperson for the charity.

There were no professionalcyclists among our number, certainly no Bradley Wiggins-types.

“They were normal, everyday people with willing hearts and a will to help our small but rapidly growing charity.

“The boys and girls have raised approximately £2,500 with this fantastic effort and I single no particular person out as they were all stars in the day - and the hottest day fo the year to boot!”

“A short but powerful speedh by the mayor involved a couple of buckets being passed around, with Skegnessians and visitors alike adding to our funds.

“I pass on my sincerest thanks to the myor for takign time out to welcome our leviathans of pedal power to Skegness and his efforts to increase our funds,” they added.