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Sun shines for cycling event

Last Sunday 12th September saw 140 cyclists take on Pedal for Pounds, a community bike ride and fundraiser for Garden House Hospice Care.

Starting at Mercure Hall Hotel, cyclists of all ages and abilities donned their lycra and took on 30, 50 and 100-mile routes around the stunning local countryside of Hertfordshire.

Steve Mellish, the Chairman at Garden House Hospice Care took part in the 30-mile route, commenting:

“All the donations and sponsorship from this important fundraising event will go towards the free services we provide to all of the communities across North Hertfordshire, Stevenage and surrounding towns and villages. Thank you if you’ve donated and sponsored, thank you and well done to the cyclists, whether it’s the 30, 50 or 100 miles it’s been a great day and a fantastic cause to be involved in supporting.”

To date, the event has raised almost £16,000, with all funds directly supporting local people in their time of need. The Hospice relies heavily on the support of our community to continue running their free services, with a target of over £5 million in charitable income each year.

Richard Harbon, Head of Events at the Hospice said:

“What an incredible day. All the cyclists were superb. Thank you to each and every one of them for taking part and raising so much money. It really will make a difference. The weather certainly played its part, together with our amazing volunteers and sponsors, in making this a great day to remember. This is now an annual event, so look out for next year’s Pedal for Pounds! “

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