Gar­den party and bike ride for Over­gate

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier - By Abi­gail Kel­lett

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

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