Bike ride boosts the Louth Hospice coffers

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Almost 50 people took part in a bike ride which started and finished at the Meridian Leisure Centre and so far has raised £357 for Louth and District Hospice.

It was organised to help promote cycling for Bike Week by the local branch of CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club), a national cycling organisation.

The group’s Tim Newbery said: “We had great support from all at the Meridian Leisure Centre who allowed us to use their facilities and the hard work of Doreen Stephenson, Phillip Burman and others from the Louth and District Hospice. The Mayor David Wing also very kindly agreed to help start off the family leisure ride.

“The Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) were ably assisted by co organiser Alan Hockham with help from Barry Jordan, Lez and Di Brill and Andrew Townhill.

“The weather forecast predicted blustery conditions with showers and perhaps longer periods of rain and these were the conditions that prevailed through much of the morning. In spite of this, there was good support for the 50 mile and 30 mile leisure rides with riders from Louth Velo, Alford Wheelers and the Louth Triathlon clubs to name a few.

“For about an hour before the family ride set off, it poured with rain but a hardy half dozen or so were waved off by the Mayor. There was a welcome stop off at Rushmoor Country Park.”