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Furness College team gears up for cycle challenge

Furness Expandables 2017

[A] team of keen cyclists from Furness College are preparing to use their pedal power to raise money for a local charity.

Furness Expandables are gearing up to cycle 170 miles over three days to raise money for Barrow & District Society for the Blind: Sight Loss and Dementia Village.

The charity challenge, from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May, will take the team on a route from Barrow to Penrith, then through Otterburn and Craster in Northumberland before finishing in the market town of Alnwick.

This year’s ride will mark the tenth year of Furness Expandables’ fundraising.

Jim Rawnsley, of Furness Expandables, said: “The team has put in a lot of hard work in training and it’s great to be cycling alongside colleagues and friends as we take part in our tenth year of fundraising for good causes.

“Our annual cycle challenge is always well supported by staff at Furness College and we’re pleased to be helping such a worthwhile cause in Barrow & District Society for the Blind.”

Barrow & District Society for the Blind: Sight Loss and Dementia Village is a ground-breaking initiative at Ostley House, which will be the first of its kind as it works to bridge a gap in patient care.

Furness Expandables have raised over £15,000 for charities over the past 10 years, supporting good causes such as St Mary’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and Prostate Cancer UK.

Go to to support Furness Expandables in this year’s charity challenge.

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