Pedal power raises cash for Willen Hospice

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Broughton Cycling group used pedal power to raise more than £3700 for Willen Hospice when it held its first 50 mile charity sportive.

The event earlier this month attracted 225 cyclists from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

“It was a great example of one community pulling together to get every last rider home, whilst raising money for a brilliant local cause,” said organiser Iain Morrison.

“I’m amazed at what we have achieved as a team and I’m looking forward to organising future events for this fantastic group.”

The local scout group handed medals and cakes to participants as they crossed the finish line, and supporters cheered the cyclists home.

“This is an incredible effort from the Broughton Cycling Group and we are so grateful to the organisers, to all of the participants and volunteers who have contributed to this event,” said Laura Conway, fundraising assistant for Willen Hospice.

“It costs £3.6 million each year to fund the specialist care and support provided by Willen Hospice and we couldn’t do it without events such as this. This contribution will make a huge difference.”

Since launching in 2013 by co-founders Gary Stimson and Rick Vernon the club has attracted more than 450 members.

“I’m so proud of how far the group has come,” Gary said.

“It’s been a great way to bring local people together, keep fit, form new friendships and create opportunities to raise money for charity.

“We welcome people of all cycling abilities and run rides of various distances and speeds throughout the week.”

For more details visit www.broughtoncyclinggroup.com