Sign up for hospice bike ride

John Cheshire, Secretary of St Helens Cycling Club, taking part in last year's event
John Cheshire, Secretary of St Helens Cycling Club, taking part in last year's event

Cycling enthusiasts are being asked to saddle up to raise money for a hospice.

People are being asked to sign up to take in Ride 45 on July 17 to raise money for Willowbrook Hospice.

Now in its third year, Ride 45 offers a choice of two cycling routes through the countryside, either the original 45 miler or a short 20 mile – with both routes starting and finishing at Rainford Technology College.

Mark Pilkington, Challenges Fundraiser for Willowbrook, said: “As in previous years, Ride 45 draws cyclists from all over the North West. This year we’ve changed the route slightly but there will still be a well-earned rest stop at the half way point.

“It’s a great experience for everyone taking part. The ride is for people of all abilities, whether you’re an experienced riders or a weekend cyclists - although there’s a few challenges along the route to watch out for.”

John Cheshire, Secretary of St Helens Cycling Club, will be taking part in the ride for the third year.

John, whose daughter Emily works at Willowbrook, said: “Ride 45 is a fantastic cycle ride through some beautiful countryside. I love taking part each year and with Emily working at the hospice I know how important events like these are in helping to raise funds to support and care for local people and their families.”

Entry is £20 and anyone wanting to sign up can visit www.eventbrite.co.uk (and search for Ride 45) or call 01744 453798.