Cyclists got in a spin for hospice fundraiser
The cash came rolling in as villagers saddled up for a 24-hour cyclathon in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.
The challenge at the Houston Inn involved both seasoned and novice cyclists, and raised an amazing £4,403.10 for the hospice.
There were two stationary bikes outside the venue, from 8.30am to 8.30pm, with 48 cyclists taking part.
Husband and wife Andrea and Allan Gibson organised the cyclathon in memory of Allan’s father, Bob, who passed away aged 83 in hospice care.
The motivation for Andrea was the respect that her father-in-law received during his final days.
She said:“We cannot express the gratitude we as a family feel towards the staff at St Vincent’s Hospice.
“My father-in-law was very passionate about cycling, so the cyclathon seemed like a fitting event to raise money for the hospice.”
After the challenge , around 200 locals danced the night away and took part in a raffle and competitions to win some fantastic prizes.
Andrea added“We really appreciate all the companies and businesses that have supported our fundraising, without which, it wouldn’t have been the success that it was.”
St Vincent’s Hospice cares for local people affected by life limiting illness.
Laura McDade, fundraiser at St Vincent’s Hospice, said:“Well done to all 48 cyclists that took part, what a fantastic way to fundraise.
“We know the preparation that goes into these type of event, so we really appreciate the support.”
Funding boost Vinnie, the hospice mascot, and Elaine Grealey, volunteer services manager, receive a cheque from the cyclathon event organised by Andrea Gibson and friends