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Hundreds help hospice

More than 600 fundraisers got in the saddle to take part in this year’s Douglas Macmillan Hospice Bike Ride.

The event, which takes place every year to raise money for the Stoke-on-Trent hospice, offered cyclists an option of three different routes, all starting and finishing at the Michelin Athletic Club in the city.

One participant, Peter Ball, 74, was given the Lance Trophy at the end of the event to mark his dedication to the bike ride, which he has taken part in for the past six years.

Peter, from Trentham, rides the 10-mile route in memory of his wife and son, who both spent time at the hospice before they died.

He said: “It was a shock to lose my youngest son so soon after my wife. He was diagnosed in the July and died in the November.

“I started to cycle after my wife died to keep fit. We have done the bike rides to support the hospice and it is also a time when the family can come together to remember them in a positive way.

“However, I think I might be too old for it next year.

“The care they received there was very good and they provided support for the rest of the family too.”

Cyclists could ride 110 miles to Llangollen and back, 50 miles to Nantwich and back or a 10-mile local route.

Pauline Malloy, of Michelin, which organises the event, said: “Michelin is always happy to support the Dougie Mac with this type of event. We started very early, so it’s a long day, but the cyclists always enjoy it.”


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