Hospice appeals for cyclists

20 February 2015

CYCLISTS looking for a challenge are being urged to sign up for a 63-mile ride from the city to the seaside in support of Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Hospice appeals for cyclists

Over 400 riders took part in 2014 and the Hospice is hoping that this year 500 riders will take on the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride on Sunday, July 12th.

The bike ride is one of the Hospice's biggest annual fundraising events and since it began in 1996 participants have raised over £700,000 for the Hospice.

Fundraising and Lottery Manager for the Hospice, Maxine Armstrong, said: "The bike ride is one of my favourite events and our riders always tell us afterwards how much they've enjoyed it. There's a fantastic atmosphere from beginning to end and we make sure our riders are really looked after along the way.
"Last year 400 people did the ride for us but this year we want to step it up and break the 500 barrier. It's a chance to enjoy an incredible day while raising money to support local people with a life-limiting illness."

The route starts off in Manchester and proceeds through Leigh and Aspull where riders can rest and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks provided by the Hospice.

Cyclists then ride through Wigan before a second rest stop in Preston followed by Lytham St Annes and finally Blackpool.

Riders are asked for a £20 registration fee which covers the cost of the refreshments and optional transport to Manchester from Wigan and back to Wigan from Blackpool. The fee also includes back-up support, a t-shirt and a medal at the finish line.

All those taking part are asked to raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship.

Sign-up online at www.wlh.org.uk/events/ .Alternatively call the fundraising team on 01942 525566 or email: fundraising@wlh.org.uk to register your interest and receive an application form.

 

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