DERBYSHIRE: Cyclists urged to join Pelican and DT hospice ride

Pictured are Neil Armitage, of Chesterfield's Pelican Cycles, and Alison Ward-Foster, of Ashgate Hospice, who have joined forces to make this year's DT and Pelican Flagg Charity Cycle Challenge a success.
Pictured are Neil Armitage, of Chesterfield's Pelican Cycles, and Alison Ward-Foster, of Ashgate Hospice, who have joined forces to make this year's DT and Pelican Flagg Charity Cycle Challenge a success.

CYCLISTS are being invited to join the growing numbers taking part in the Derbyshire Times and Pelican Cycles’ 50-mile Flagg Challenge ride to support Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice during the charity’s 25th anniversary.

Pelican Cycles, of Old Road, Chesterfield, is helpinf to sponsor and support this year’s Peak District event and entry forms are available online from the hospice, the Derbyshire Times and Pelican’s Chesterfield shop.

DT reporter Jon Cooper, who will be taking part in the sponsored ride on July 28, said: “Last year’s charity ride was a huge success and we raised well over £7,500 and this year we’re hoping to top that to boost our 25/25 Appeal which we hope will see supporters raise £25,000 for the hospice in its 25th year.”

The ride starts from Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield, and goes through Cutthorpe to the Peak District’s Baslow, on to Ashford-in-the-Water and takes in Sheldon, Flagg and Monyash, Birchover and Stanton-in-the-Peak before coming back in via Edensor and Chatsworth. There will also be refreshments and goody bags for every rider who takes part.

This year’s event will also include a smaller 10 mile route for more modest riders and families to enjoy.

The hospice needs to raise about £3m towards its running costs this year, so the Derbyshire Times is not only helping to organise its second bike ride for the charity but has also launched a £25,000 appeal running through the year with support from our generous readers.

For a £20 entry form, sponsor sheets and map visit http://www.ashgatehospicevents.co.uk/bike/bike.htm or contact Emily Evans, at Ashgate Hospice, on 01246 568801 or emily.evans@ashgatehospice.nhs.uk, or Jon Cooper on 01246 504524 / 0780 350 5731 or jon.cooper@derbyshiretimes.co.uk or Neil Armitage at Pelican Cycles on (01246) 767078 or sales@pelicancycles.co.uk.

Organisers are also appealing for volunteer marshals and first-aiders interested in supporting the event. Volunteers can get in touch with the above contacts for details.