Cyclists celebrate success

11 July 2016

Over 240 cyclists are celebrating success after riding 63 miles from Manchester to Blackpool in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice on Sunday (July 10th).

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

The first pair to reach the finish line and collect their medals were Simon Baldwin and Robert Thorpe, who completed the route in just over 3 hours.

Kian Stevenson was the youngest rider at just 13 years old. Kian and his dad, Rob Stevenson, rode in memory of Kian's nannie, Denise Winstanley, who sadly passed away in May 2012 after a battle with cancer. Kian said: "The bike ride was awesome. I loved every minute and wanted to do it to raise money for the Hospice and make my nannie proud. I will definitely do it again next year, hopefully even faster."

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The Mayor of Wigan, Cllr Ron Conway, rode for the fourth time but this year was extra special as the Hospice is his official charity during his year in office.

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Brothers David and Brian Kenrick, from Ince, took part dressed as daisies, based on the Wigan and Leigh Hospice logo, and even bought themselves a tandem bike for the occasion so that they could recreate the Victorian song 'Daisy Daisy…a bicycle made for two', which was written in 1892.

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David and Brian are hoping to raise over £1,000 when they've collected all their money in. They even fixed a collection bucket to the side of their tandem bike.

The pair wanted to raise money for the Hospice in memory of three very significant people. Their dad, Malcolm, who sadly passed away two years ago; their grandfather, Ronnie Helsby, who died at the hospice last year; and also their good friend, Jeanette Potter, who was cared for by the hospice four years ago.

They said: "The bike ride was a fantastic event. We wanted to raise money for the Hospice in recognition of the wonderful care they gave to our loved ones as well as the support they gave to our mum and to all of us as a family. Even though our dad passed away over in Hull he was a big supporter of our Hospice in Wigan as we grew up in Platt Bridge and he really valued the care that he received from a hospice."

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

"We'd really like to thank all those who volunteered and supported the event including local business, Wincanton and David, from Rivington View Garden Centre, who both donated lorries to transport the bikes and to Tesco in Wigan for providing the fabulous barm cakes - we couldn't have done it without you all."

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