Riders wheel in 480 hours care at home
CYCLISTS conquered steep Cotswolds hills, the wind and the rain to raise money for Cotswold Care Hospice.
More than 140 riders took part in the first Cotswold Crunch cycle challenge on Sunday. Organisers hope the event raised £12,000 for the Gloucestershire charity.
A group of mates, calling themselves the Stanley Old Boys, took part in memory of friend Dave Nicol who died from cancer last year.
Brian Channon, from King's Stanley said: "Dave attended the day hospice once a week at Cotswold Care which gave him and his family a break."
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Laurence Carmichael and Dagmar Godden, both from Stroud, took part because they "fancied a challenge".
The challenge started and finished at the hospice in Minchinhampton with riders choosing a 50-mile or 100-mile route. The course included cycling up through Slad, up Brimscombe Hill and through Stroud, Cam and Wotton under Edge.
"The cyclists did amazingly well -– despite the weather," said Jennifer Green, head of fundraising for Cotswold Care Hospice. "We hope the event will raise almost £12,000 which would pay for 480 hours of care by a Hospice at Home nurse.
"All that money raised will stay in Gloucestershire and support people who live in the county. We couldn't have done it without these great cyclists and our fantastic volunteers."