Quick as a flash

05 May 2011

When Ten Year old Bethany Jones from Lowton decided to do a 10 mile sponsored bike ride around Pennington Flash and along the Leeds Liverpool canal in aid of Wigan & Leigh Hospice, she was hoping for fine weather.

But little did she know she would need lightening reactions to prevent falling in; negotiating around loose stones on the canal path and waving to people on passing barges!

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However, accompanied by Mum Mandy, Dad Chris and big brother Adam (17), they set off from Lowton, along the canal path to Dover Lock and back, successfully managing to negotiate the hazards.A circuit of 'The Flash' completed the ride and afterwards Bethany managed to raise a brilliant £240 for the Hospice.

Bethany said, "I know that I am very lucky and that some people are not as lucky as me.So I want to help them."

Hospice Healthcare Assistant Hilda Barton (pictured) said "Our patients will be thrilled to learn what Bethany has done for us and we can assure her that the money she has raised will be used to provide the specialist care they need.Support from all sectors of the community is essential for us, and for such a lovely young girl to go to all that effort is very much appreciated."

Dad Chris concluded, "She was glad to recuperate with an ice-cream on the banks of the Flash and spend a little time watching the ducks and swans.Her legs were aching for a few days afterwards and she nearly fell in a couple of times as people on the barges were waving to her.We are all very proud of what she has done.She was thrilled to know that her efforts are appreciated by the Hospice."

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