Cyclists in 100-mile fundraiser for children's hospice

Members of a county club that has raised more than £450,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospices are taking to two wheels this weekend in a bid to help again.

Hope House Chair of Trustees Steve Henly with Mark (centre) and Shaun before lockdown.
Hope House Chair of Trustees Steve Henly with Mark (centre) and Shaun before lockdown.

The Shropshire Club supports Hope House by holding an annual charity ball and auction and an annual Shropshire Cycle Ride event. Unfortunately the coronavirus crisis has seen both cancelled.

Determined to help in any way that they can club members Mark Charman and Shaun Dixon, both from Market Drayton, have decided to undertake the cycle challenge themselves this weekend on June 21, when the event was supposed to happen.

With four friends they will cycle a socially distanced 100 miles around Shropshire. And they have already raised more than £3,500 in sponsorship.

“It will be a genuine challenge because we haven’t ridden 100 miles in one session before,” said Mark.

“We do hope people will sponsor us because Hope House need support now more than ever, as they continue to provide help to terminally ill local children and their families in these unprecedented times.”

Hope House fundraising team leader, Lynsey Kilvert said the charity was overwhelmed by the commitment of Mark and Shaun and their team.

“The Shropshire Club is one of the greatest supporters of Hope House and we are bowled over that even in these difficult times they are still doing everything they can to help. This will mean so much to the children and families we help.”

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