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Coast to Coast with the South Lakes Social Cyclists (SLSC) 23rd to 24th July


A team of South Lakes cyclists are in training for the Coast to Coast Challenge, and fundraising on behalf of St Mary’s Hospice. The team of South Lakes Cyclists are getting ready for the challenging Coast to Coast route: also known as the “W2W” Walney to Whitby. The route will take the brave group across 152 miles and takes place over two days.

Mark Barnes suggested the idea to the group: “I first thought of a challenging bike ride back in November. As so many of our cycling friends were keen to do it, I suggested we do it for charity, we all have our own choice of charity and we thought it best to just have one.” The cyclists will be fundraising for St Mary’s Hospice: they have chosen to benefit this local charity, through family and friends experience of the hospice and to ensure more people can access the hospice’s services and support at a time when they need it most.

The group include:Mark Nickson, Paul Braithwaite, Nick Little, Paul Battersby, Mark Carroll, Chris Ritchie, Peter Skryme, Mark Barnes, Roger Sheard, Steve Darwick and Ben Patterson. The cyclists will be accompanied by a back-up crew of Christine Barnes and Fiona Battersby - who will be driving a van as a support vehicle.

The group has set a fundraising target of £2,500 – a target which they look set to smash! To give you an idea of what level of care their efforts could be converted into, this could provide: 301 delicious meals on St Mary’s Hospice Inpatient Unit, 132 Hours of patient care or enable 29 patients to attend Day Care. So every mile is worth it!

"St Mary's offer vital care for people that need it most and if by us doing this bike ride and raising money for them means that can continue then that makes them hard training days all the more worth while." Paul Braithwaite.

"I've been cycling now for about 4 years and already raised money for various charities. I'm happy to cycle and help raise funds for this extremely worthy cause ....and the amazing staff at the hospice in Ulverston." Chris Ritchie

 Local garages have generously got involved to help with money towards accommodation enabling the trip to happen. A big thank you - as £950 has been raised making the fundraising trip possible - to Ashworth Street Garage - Dalton, Cumbria Tyres -Ulverston, Athersmiths Motor Services garage – Ulverston, Lloyds Motor services – Barrow, Tudor Car Services Limited – Barrow, Little Tony’s Tyre Shop – Barrow, and Freelance Mechanics – Barrow, Roosecote Service Station, Columba Garage, Crooklands Autobody, Longlane Garage, Foundry Street Garage, Emlyn Street Tyre Services, Chris Ritchie Garage Services. Topmark Cycles who are providing drinks and gels for the riders, Greens Pies who are providing the athletes with some pies for fuel for the ride, and kindly many more local businesses have got involved to support this.

Many of the cyclists have set up justgiving pages to make donating quick and easy for supporters:

Paul Battersby

Nick Little

Mark Carroll

Peter Skyrme

Steve Darwick

Mark Barnes

Mark Nickson

Thank you to everyone involved for your support, without people like you St Mary’s Hospice wouldn’t able to continue to provide care, comfort and hope for people in our community.




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