‘Wheelie’ big turnout for Hospice fundraiser

Almost 1,000 cyclists, aged from 2 to 96, took part in the third annual St Michael's Hospice Wheelie Big Cycle on Sunday 19th July.

The 16, 32, 60 and 93-mile routes started and finished at Hereford Livestock Market. Professional and club cyclists joined leisure riders and families in Herefordshire’s biggest ever community cycling event to help raise much-needed funds needed for their local Hospice.

The Wheelie Big Cycle is sponsored by South Hereford Garages Ltd and hopes to raise £30,000. St Michael’s Hospice is now asking all of the cycling dynamos who took part to make every pedal count by collecting and paying in their sponsorship money as quickly as possible. An impressive team of 33 riders from South Hereford Garages took part and helped raise sponsorship. Together with all of the other money given in sponsorship by the local community, the Wheelie Big Cycle is helping St Michael’s to continue providing services free of charge to patients and their families living with a life-limiting illnesses.

Hereford’s Trinity Primary School entered one of the largest teams. Head Teacher Ann Pritchard said, ‘This year we won the PE Sports Primary School of the year award. Kate Mather, one of our teachers, suggested that we do something that would inspire the children and encourage everyone at the school to get fit. All of St Michael’s Hospice events fit in with our focus on sport and getting fit. We also have staff and families at the school who have been touched by the amazing care St Michael’s provides. So far our team of governours, parents and staff has raised over £2,000.’

There was also an opportunity for almost 100 riders as young as two to get into the spirit of the occasion by taking part in the ‘Wheelie Little Cycle’ by riding laps around the Livestock Market.

Event organiser Nicki Lloyd from St Michael’s Hospice said, ‘It’s been exciting to see so many people celebrating the joy of cycling. We are blown away by the support and would like to thank everyone who took part, especially all of the volunteers who gave up their free time to help create a wonderful community event.’

Online entry for the Wheelie Big Cycle will open later this year.