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6 Jul 2018 Community

Pedal Power for Kirkwood Hospice

Cycling enthusiast and fundraising extraordinaire, Stephen Butler, tackles gruelling Mallorca 312km challenge and opens Barnsley’s leg of The Tour de Yorkshire, all in support of sister, Kath.

In April of this year, Mirfield man, Stephen Butler, set off on a long and challenging fundraising mission for the Mallorca 312 cycle ride.

Travelling almost 200 miles and climbing 20,000 feet through the hills of Mallorca, Stephen battled harsh conditions to raise a staggering £2,389 for the Dalton-based Hospice.

The total is made up from sponsorship and donations from family and friends in the community including Ravensthorpe Cycling Club and Mirfield Team Parish, as well as a Coffee Morning hosted at Kirkwood with the help of Community Fundraiser, Lyndsey Wroe, which boosted the coffers by an extra £300.

Stephen and Helen Butler presenting the funds raised to Community Fundraiser, Lyndsey Wroe


Stephen’s fundraising is all in support of sister, Kath, who is currently accessing the services of Kirkwood Hospice’s Support & Therapy Centre.

Kath has also been actively involved in fundraising for Kirkwood herself, with a whopping £3,917 raised at a Ball back in May.

Following the amazing success of the Mallorca 312, Stephen was nominated by friends and colleagues at Barnsley Council to open the men and women’s races of Barnsley’s leg of the Tour de Yorkshire back in May.

Stephen waves the flag to mark the start of the Tour de Yorkshire in Barnsley


Stephen waved the flag to mark the start of the race, and was put in the spotlight as he talked to BBC Radio Sheffield and The Barnsley Chronicle about his support for Kirkwood Hospice.

Stephen said: “My sister, Kathryn, and her family are being supported in lots of ways by Kirkwood Hospice. My aim was to raise £3 per kilometre to enable Kirkwood Hospice to help people like Kathryn and her husband, Mark.

“I work for Barnsley Council who knew I was fundraising for Kirkwood Hospice. I was invited to start the Tour de Yorkshire Stage 2 in Barnsley 2018 which was such an honour.

“It’s an absolutely a fantastic event and I’m so pleased to be able to help the Hospice. They’ve helped our family so much.”

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