Magnificent cyclists in double seventh heaven

The Mag 7 team raise �14,000 for Children’s Hospice South West.

SEVEN bikers on a single seven-seater bicycle have raised 2,000 lots of seven pounds for Children’s Hospice South West.

Or to put it another way, the Magnificent Seven team have raised �14,000 after pedalling around to hospices in seven South West counties.

David Butt, Steve Warner and friends shook off the saddle sores of the previous year and once again climbed aboard the cycle - with seven seats and one set of handlebars - that in 2011 carried them 238 miles and raised �10,077.

Thanks to sponsorship from Old English Inns, which owns The Cedars in Barnstaple, the ante was increased this year as the hardy crew travelled further afield, raising money as they went.

The pub chain provided free bed and breakfast for the team of 10 at its premises enroute.

Barclays Bank meanwhile agreed to match fund pots of money raised.

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Emma Perry, community fundraiser at the hospice, joined the team at the beginning of their challenge and said: “I didn’t really know what to expect when I signed up, but once I got in the saddle I realised just what I had let myself in for.

“The team did a magnificent job of cycling all those miles and raising such an incredible amount for life-limited children; a heartfelt thank you to them all and to the supporters who helped along the way.”

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