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11 Nov 2017 Community

Coast-to-Coast Pedal Power raises essential Hospice Funds

A four-day sponsored cycle challenge recently raised the serious sum of £2,620, which will go towards funding specialist care and treatment of patients with life-limiting conditions at Kirkwood Hospice.

In a recent action-packed fundraiser, six keen cyclists pedalled their way to success with the Coast-to-Coast challenge in aid of Kirkwood.

Taking on the challenge of the 210 mile journey from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay were friends and family Dale Sykes, Gerry O’Hara, Jeremy Taylor, Andrew Taylor, Jamie Sykes and David Johnson (accompanied by Van Drivers/Support Team Peter and Adam Sykes).

The Coast-to-Coast Team at a recent cheque presentation with Kirkwood Hospice

 

Accepting the journey had a special significance for certain team members, since it was in remembrance of relatives, some of whom had previously been cared for by Kirkwood Hospice.

Being remembered on the day was Carolynne Sykes; mother to Jamie, Auntie to Dale and Wife to Peter, along with other loved and dearly missed family members.

Keen supporters of Kirkwood Hospice, many of the participants have also taken part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and both the 2016 and 2017 Midnight Memory Walks. 

Staying at hostels on route, experiencing broken down vans and getting lost in the North Yorkshire Moors, the challenge was eventful from day one to say the least.

Cycler, Jamie Sykes said: “What a tough four days that was. It was a lot harder than any of us had anticipated.

“After killer mountains in the lakes, marshes and bogs, knee-popping hills, wrist-shattering descents, snapped chains, flat tyres, lost maps and a broken down van later – we did it!”

Kirkwood Hospice Community Fundraiser, Nicola Barber, said: “It has been lovely to meet Dale and the team who took part in this challenge.

“Donations like this from individuals in the community make such a difference and help so many people in Kirklees who are living with a life-limiting illness. We cannot begin to say how grateful we are for their support.”

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