Pedal power for determined prison staff fundraisers
A TEAM of dedicated cyclists managed to raise thousands of pounds for charity by pedalling through the night at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre.
The team from Peterborough Prison took part in the charity ride at the weekend, starting on Friday and riding through the night to complete the challenge on Saturday in aid of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.
The 12 challengers who took part, successfully cycled 3,200 miles in 24 hours, and although they have not counted the amount raised for their chosen charity, it is estimated they raised between £3,000 and £5,000.
The team, who were completing the challenge in memory of former colleague Louise Cooper, who died at Thorpe Hall recently, thought they would cycle at a speed of 25mph but actually cycled 30/31mph so went a lot further than they expected to, covering a total of 3,200 miles, compared to their target of 2,000.
However, unfortunately it was not all plain sailing as they did have to pop to a one of the shops in the centre and get a cushion or two, as the seats on the bikes were less than comfortable.
Morale though was apparently fantastic for all 24 hours and the local support they received was just as good.
In preparation for the event, Gary Clarke, deputy head at HMP Peterborough’s womens prison, organised spinning classes at the prison, for the challengers to “enjoy” during their lunch hour.
To donate money to the cause or to find out more about the challenge, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ garyclarke3