Hospice rider back in the saddle

02 November 2015

Hospice fundraiser Philip Tomlinson has been presented with a brand new Boardman bike, courtesy of Halfords in Wigan.

Philip (45), from Lowton, was set to cycle 63 miles from Manchester to Blackpool in July, in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice. But tragedy struck when Philip's bike was stolen from Manchester in the early hours of the morning, just minutes before he was due to set off on the cycling challenge.

A keen cyclist, Philip has taken part in the annual bike ride event for many years and, for the last seven years, has raised thousands of pounds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, in memory of his father-in-law Brian Yates.

Philip said: "It was such a shame that I didn't get to ride in this year's event but I'm absolutely thrilled that Halfords has kindly stepped in to replace my bike and I'm really looking forward to getting straight back in the saddle to train for next year's event."

Mike Parr, Director of Corporate Services, said: "We are so grateful to our cyclists, who raise a significant amount of money for the Hospice every year through this event.

"It was such a shame that Philip wasn't able to take part this year but I am delighted that Halfords has stepped in to help. So many local businesses support the bike ride by offering volunteers, support vehicles and refreshments, which makes a massive difference to our riders and enables us to raise as much money as possible to keep our services running."Hospice rider back in the saddle

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