Peddle Pushers in plea to help save charity bike ride

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CHARITABLE cyclists have issued an appeal to the Skegness community to help them continue with their long-running efforts helping sick children and their families.

The ‘Peddle-Pushers’ have been cycling from Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, to Skegness for the past 25 years, raising money for various good causes along the way.

For the past 12 years the kind-hearted bike-riders have raised as much as £6,000 a journey for East Midlands based charity Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children (PASIC).

Traditionally, the cyclists have slept overnight at Burgh le Marsh Village Hall free of charge, but due to fire safety legislation this is no longer possible - jeopardising the whole venture.

PASIC fund raising manager Christine Burgin said: “They’ve raised thousands of pounds for us and with the economy it is we need as much as we can get.”

“When a child is really sick their whole world turns upside down, but the trips we provide for them and their families with this money, give them a time when they feel relatively normal for a while.”

Without a place to stay the cyclists may have to cancel their next charitable expedition, which would leave a gaping hole in the £25,000 annual budget the charity requires to take more than 400 sick children and their families on respite trips.

The Peddle Pushers, which consist of up to 20 cyclists led by 74-year-old Pat Limb, who started the whole venture back in 1987, have urged community halls and other suitable venues to offer their premises to the group for the night.

The group has always been appreciative of the assistance offered to them by the village hall and by other local businesses. Linger Longer cafe in Wainfleet has regularly donated to the cyclists’ cause and provided them with a hearty breakfast before they set off for home the following morning.

l If you can think of a suitable venue for the Peddle Pushers contact Christine Burgin on 01522 509764.