Charity bike ride benefits good causes

Bill Honeywell (left) pictured with charity and rotary representatives. (s)
Bill Honeywell (left) pictured with charity and rotary representatives. (s)

Three worthwhile causes have benefittd from a £10,500 cheque ...thanks to more than 500 cyclists who kept the wheels of fundraising turning.

The cash was raised at the Ribble Valley Ride Cycle Sportive - an event over the summer jointly organised by the Rotary Clubs of Clitheroe and Accrington.

It was hailed a huge success by event organiser, keen cyclist and Ribble Valley charity champion Bill Honeywell, with over 500 cyclists taking part. The conditions were tough as they battled along 25, 60 and 100 mile routes which tested their endurance.

The three routes took in stunning scenery across the Ribble Valley as well as the Yorkshire Dales. Many were riding the 100-mile course as far as Aysgarth and Hawes.

This year the important fundraiser boosted the coffers of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Dan’s Trust and NW Blood Bikes and there was a special cheque presentation at Clitheroe Rotary Club’s Thursday meeting.

Bill Honeywell said next year the event will take place on June 10th and promises it will be the “best yet”. He added: “Thanks to the generosity of many local businesses, who provide the things we need for free or substantially discounted, we’re able to put on a well-organised event, which is enjoyed by cyclists of all abilities, is great value-for-money and raises money for great local charities.

“It’s such a pleasure to be involved and I hope even more people will enter the event next year.”

l The Rosemere Cancer Foundation supports world-class cancer treatment throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria and is aiming to raise at least £1.5m. this year as part of its 20th anniversary. Dan’s Trust promotes and funds research into the early diagnosis of cardiac risk in the young and the improvement of treatment methods for sudden cardiac arrest. NW Blood Bikes provide voluntary out of hours transport service to local NHS hospitals by carrying urgent and emergency blood, platelets, samples, donor breast milk, patient notes and theatre equipment.