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Record bikeathon entry raises over £6,000 in local girl’s memory

Irene and Steven Carter at the Emma-Jayne Bikeathon at Little Cawthorpe, near Louth.

Irene and Steven Carter at the Emma-Jayne Bikeathon at Little Cawthorpe, near Louth.

ORGANISERS of the annual Emma-Jayne Bikeathon have hailed the most popular year in its history thanks to a record turnout on Sunday.

Nearly 200 people took part in either a 12 or 30 mile bike ride or a three-and-a-half-mile walk from the Splash in Little Cawthorpe, raising £6,659 for the Emma-Jayne Memorial Fund.

Emma-Jayne Knowles, of Sutton on Sea, died of a brain tumour in 1998 aged just 22 years old. Ever since, her parents Ruth and Tony have held the annual bikeathon and have raised more than £120,000 for ward 40 at Hull Royal Infirmary where she was treated.

The event drew entrants from as far away as the Netherlands, as well as County Durham, Coventry and York. A special addition this year were the entries of five people who have been treated at ward 40 in the past 12 months.

Speaking to the Leader, Ruth said: “We’ve raised an amazing figure, myself and Tony would like to thank everybody who took part.”

See the Leader on Wednesday for the full story and pictures from the day.

 

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