Angels hogg the bridge
On Saturday 12th May, control of Herefordshire's only river toll crossing was handed over to the Hospice Angels to help raise money for St Michael's Hospice in Bartestree.
Maggie and Grahame Taylor, owners of the 200-year-old Whitney-on-Wye Bridge, chose to support the charity after meeting Hospice Angel Mike Pullin and hearing about his adventures, which to date have helped raise over £500,000.
Maggie Taylor said, ‘My husband Grahame was diagnosed with bowel cancer last year, and it has made us very aware of how family life can be completely turned upside down in an instant. I think our customers really enjoyed meeting the bikers and we are delighted to be able to help such an important charity. Knowing that St Michael’s Hospice is there has been very reassuring for us.’
With between 120 and 1,600 vehicles crossing the bridge each day, toll charges are used to cover maintenance costs.
However, when Maggie and Grahame became owner-operators in January 2012, they decide they wanted to support the local community, and each year invite four or five charities to fundraise on the bridge.
Toll charges and donations generously handed over to the Angels between 10am and 4pm helped raise £393 for St Michael’s Hospice.
Mike Pullin said, ‘Whitney Bridge is such a famous landmark in Herefordshire, and it’s wonderful that the shortcut it provides for people visiting and living in Hay on Wye has made such a big difference for St Michael’s Hospice.’
To find out more about the Hospice Angels call Mike Pullin on 07454 155411.