[E]arlier this month hundreds of cyclists enjoyed the summer sunshine as they help to raise thousands of pounds to support the care and activities provided at a local hospice.
On Sunday 17 July 303 cyclists lined up on the start line at the sixth annual Cycle the Solway event organised by Scott Self Storage. The fundraising challenge saw cyclists of all ages and abilities winding their way through the quiet country lanes of the Solway Coast in aid of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice.
This year’s event include four routes for fundraisers to undertake, 100km, 50km, 20km and 10km, with all routes starting at The Wellington Inn, Great Orton.
Event organiser Stephen Scott, Scott Self Storage, said “We are really pleased with the record turnout, there has always been a great atmosphere, and it is wonderful that so many cyclists turned up to help the hospice.
“Fortunately the weather was kind, and everyone returned safely. There are many people to thank, who all contributed to the event, not least the event’s co founder Ian Dixon, who sadly is no longer with us. He is greatly missed.”
Since the event first took place in 2011, fundraisers have helped to raise over £50,000 to support Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. The local charity and Scott Self Storage were hoping to break the £60,000 mark following this year’s event once all of the sponsorship money is collected later in the year.
Katrina Sander, Community and Events Fundraising Manager, said “We would like to thank all of the fundraisers who took part in this year’s Cycle the Solway event.
“We would also like to say a huge thank you to Scott Self Storage and all of the volunteers who helped make the event possible. Everybody who was involved in organising the event, manning the feed stations and registering all of the fundraisers helped to make the day a huge success.”
The money raised by all of the fundraising cyclists taking part in this year’s Cycle the Solway will help Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw provide the highest standards of care, support and activities to local adults and children with life limiting illnesses. This care and compassion is extended to all of the patients’ families, friends and carers.
Year on year it costs Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw over £3.7million to provide the care, support and activities to local adults, children, their families, friends and carers. Under a third of the funding is received from the NHS with the remaining £2.4million raised by the kindness, support and generosity of local people.
For more information about Eden Valley Hospice please visit www.edenvalleyhospice.org