Cyclists all shook up for hospice

John Murphy, John Allen and Neil Turner present Wigan and Leigh Hospice's Edwin Matthews with a cheque for �2,265
John Murphy, John Allen and Neil Turner present Wigan and Leigh Hospice's Edwin Matthews with a cheque for �2,265
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KEEN cyclists got into the saddle and completed a gruelling cycle ride to raise money for one of the borough’s biggest charities.

The group of riders from the Brian Boru Club, in Ashton, took on a 100km route between Wigan and Southport in a ride which raised funds for Wigan and Leigh Hospice and also acted as a tribute to two of the club’s stalwarts.

The 17 cyclists included Ant Hitchen, who took on the route dressed as Elvis Presley, in a ride which took place in memory of the Irish club’s former members Brian and Mavis Gayle. The cyclists also managed to smash their intended fund-raising target of £500, bringing in £2,000 for the Hindley-based hospice.

Club steward Michael McNamara said: “It was a great day and everyone had a good time.

“Not only was there fantastic fun and fellowship, but raising so much money for the hospice gives us all a great feeling.”

Hospice communications officer Edwin Matthews said: “This latest challenges demonstrates the incredible things people do in support of the hospice. We are very appreciative of all their hard work, and thanks are due to everyone involved.”