Cyclists celebrate success

13 July 2015

Over 285 cyclists are celebrating success after riding 63 miles from Manchester to Blackpool in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice on Sunday (July 12th).

Bike RideThe riders set off in high spirits from a drizzly Manchester at around 7.30am and cycled through Leigh, Aspull, Preston and Lytham before arriving at Blackpool's sunny south promenade.

Caroline Baba and Nicola Ball took part for the first time in memory of their dad Ray Ball who died at home in February.

"We decided to take part in the bike ride to raise money for the Hospice in recognition of the support they gave to our dad and to us as a family."

At the finish line, the sisters said they really enjoyed it: "It has been a fantastic day. The organisation of the ride and the support of the Hospice have been amazing. We'll definitely do it again next year."

Jennie Collins, from Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group, took part after losing 6.5 stone in weight. Jennie now takes part in many sporting events and wanted to join the Bike Ride to support the Hospice.

"As I work at the CCG, I know how hard the Hospice has to work to raise funds. They do a wonderful job supporting patients to die peacefully at home. It has been a great day and I've really enjoyed the ride and the fantastic atmosphere."

Trio Paul Wilson, Gary Cook and Neil Stokes rode the 63 miles in memory of Paul's dad who died four years ago after being cared for by Hospice nurses. In Preston, the team enjoyed a rest and a pie or two before they set off on the final leg to Blackpool.

Christine Edwardson, community fundraiser, said: "From start to finish there was a buzz of excitement from all our riders. Everyone has done so well and we are very grateful for all those who turned out to make this year's bike ride such a success.

"We'd also like to thank all those who volunteered and to local businesses Neil Wild Transport and Wincanton, which each donated a lorry for the day, Waterfields for providing the fabulous barm cakes and to W Howard and Walmsley's Insurance for their continued support - we couldn't have done it without you all."

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