Cycling shoppers clock up the funds for hospice

Petroc students and staff, with organiser Steve Warner, help the hospice clock up the miles at Green

Petroc students and staff, with organiser Steve Warner, help the hospice clock up the miles at Green Lanes on Friday. - Credit: Archant

Charity cyclists put in the hours to travel 874 miles at Barnstaple shopping centre.

A band of intrepid cyclists have been eating up the miles from Land’s End to John O’ Groats without ever leaving Green Lanes Shopping centre in Barnstaple.

Teams of volunteers and the public have been taking turns at the centre to complete the 874 miles on static exercise bikes to raise almost £4,000 for Children’s Hospice South West.

The event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday was part of the centre’s 21st birthday celebrations and the aim is to raise £21,000 for the charity throughout 2013.

The sponsored cycle was organised by Steve Warner, a volunteer and founder member of the ‘Mag 7’ team, which this summer raised £14,000 after pedalling to hospices in seven South West counties aboard a seven seater bicycle.


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Barclay’s Bank has agreed to match whatever the Green Lanes cyclists raise, with Barclay’s staff taking part in the event, together with students from the uniformed public services course at Petroc, plus members of Barnstaple Gig Club and Bideford Football Club.

The cycles were supplied by Inspiration Fitness of Barnstaple.

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“We never felt we would be able to fill 72 cycling slots with people, but because of the support we’ve had we were able to do just that,” said Steve,

“The public response has been excellent and Barclay’s doubling everything we raise has helped enormously.”

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