This is the second in a series of regular columns from the Butterfly Hospice Trust. The in-patient hospice in Rowan Way has now been built and there is much activity ongoing behind the scenes to make sure can accept its first patients. Here supporters talk about the forthcoming Big Bike Ride...
AMANDA Holland, with help from Butterfly Hospice supporters Jenny Piper and Christine Guille, is once again on the trail of cyclists to take part in the Butterfly Hospice fourth Big Bike Ride along the water way from Lincoln to Boston.
Amanda is eager to get out the message that whether you are a serious cyclist or just want a leisurely bike ride and family day out, there are choices for all.
There are two routes – 33 miles from Lincoln to Boston, or Boston to Langrick and back, which is only nine miles.
“Great exercise and lots of fun whichever one you choose to do, and a challenge for some of our regular cyclists who try to beat their own time each year,” says Amanda.
Christine, the landlady of the Witham Tavern, in Boston is busy organising the biggest finish line to date with a Family Fun Day and barbecue.
“We are lucky to have Endeavour Radio with us live for the day, and amazing raffle prizes including an adult and a child’s cycle kindly donated by Lynn Battram of Workforce Unlimited,” said Christine.
Volunteer event organiser Amanda is proud that this event has raised almost £40,000 over the previous three years and her goal this year is to take that total to more than £50,000.
Amanda said: “Raising funds for our local hospice is vital as no-one knows when we might need it for ourselves, a family member or our friends”
Meanwhile enthusiastic hospice supporter Jenny wants to bring as many local people together as possible as well as getting businesses involved.
Jenny said: “As the newest member of the Big Bike Ride event team myself, along with Amanda and Christine, are aiming to make this the biggest and best day out for everyone whether they are cycling or supporting us.”
l To get involved as a cyclist, sponsor, volunteer or supporter contact the Butterfly Hospice on 01205 311222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.