A dozen cyclists from Magherafelt have raised more than £15,000 for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice by pedalling 200 miles across Ulster over the course of three days.
The hard-working bunch of six men and women set up ‘the Charity Cyclists’ group a few years ago, as a way to raise money for worthy causes and get fit at the same time.
Each year the cyclists raise vital funds for a nominated charity. This year, the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, which cares for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, is the organisation to benefit from their efforts.
The group has been fundraising for the past six months in the lead up to the endurance challenge, completing a 12-hour static cycle, as well as enduring an evening of waxing in a bid to raise funds.
With their 200-mile challenge in the saddle complete, they paid a visit to Horizon House to present a cheque for £15,419.05 to hospice staff.
Karen Dunlop, fundraiser for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, said the money is very much appreciated.
“We are thrilled to have the support from the Charity Cyclists this year,” Ms Dunlop said.
“They have worked hard in all their fundraising and everyone at Children’s Hospice has been so encouraged by what they have achieved for us.
“I would like to thank the team and the local community for getting behind our charity and making a substantial difference to our work.”
The Charity Cyclists thanked all of their supporters including, JC Stewarts, Meadowlane Shopping Centre, the Thatch Bar, TY Fitness, SDC, plus friends and family.
They said: “The Children’s Hospice is an extremely worthwhile cause which helps children from our local community and across the whole of Northern Ireland.
“It is especially close to our hearts as the nephew of one member of the group, Jack, attends Horizon House on a regular basis.
“The nursing staff provide valuable respite care which is vital to help his family cope.”
For more information visit www.nihospicecare.com
The Northern Ireland Children's Hospice cares for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and supports their families and those close to them. There are over 750 life-limited children and young people living in Northern Ireland. Life-limiting conditions include conditions such as Muscular Dystrophy and genetic disorders such as Batten’s Disease, and life-threatening conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Many will die before adulthood.