Garden party and bike ride for Overgate
Overgate Hospice had something for everyone on Father’s Day last Sunday with a fun filled garden party and a tough bike ride. The day started off with a 26 mile sponsored mountain bike challenge which saw 185 participants tackle bridleways, tracks and dirt roads in a circuit that went through places such as Triangle, Ripponden and Scammonden.
The riders paid a sign up fee and then gathered sponsors to raise as much money as they could for the Hospice.
People peddled hard through the rain to complete the challenge and all those who took part recieved free entry to the garden party.
Faye Henderson, Community Fundraiser, said: “We are so grateful for the wealth of support and we’d like to thank everyone who came out even when it was raining.”
“There were two feed stations in the middle of nowhere so thanks to the volunteers who braved the weather to help out.”
The garden party, which is sponsored by Bluebird Care, is Overgate’s longest running event and attracted 1,000 visitors to the grounds of the Hospice in Elland.
The event was officially opened by Harold the Hospice Hare at noon and an afternoon of entertainment followed where there was something for all the family.
Phoenix Radio provided entertainment, there was dancing from Baby Ballet and North Bridge Line Dancers and local duo Audible Silence provided music.
In addition there were a whole host of stalls, games, real ale and a barbeque to feed all of the hungry cyclists after their event.
Over £5000 has been raised so far and lot of the community got involved in the event with support from Overgate staff and volunteers but also from the Elland Rotary Club, Sowerby Bridge Rotary Club, Halifax Calder Rotary Club and Brighouse Ladies Circle.
The Overgate Hospice team
Saddling up for mountain bike challenge