There’s No Place Like Home – that’s the theme of the next Wooler Wheel Borderlands Sportive cycling event next month.
That’s because money from the Saturday, May 13, event will go to support HospiceCare North Northumberland’s Hospice at Home Services.
The sportive offers rides of 170km, 100km and 60km plus a junior event for accompanied under 16s of 30km.
HospiceCare is dedicated to providing care and support to adults, carers and families, whose lives are affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as respiratory and heart disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
It is the only palliative care charity providing this service in north Northumberland, which is available seven days a week, 365 days a year, day or night. The services are free so a GP referral is not needed.
Wooler Wheel organiser, Janet Pibworth, said: “We all know people who’ve been affected by cancer or other life-limiting diseases and how important for them to get the support when and where they need it.
“If we can raise some money for HospiceCare, it would enable them could offer their services to more people, some of whom live in isolated areas around Wooler where we are based.”
The Wooler Wheel events in 2016 raised £4,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance and MS Research and Relief Fund and it is hoped that this year’s events will raise £5,000.
Janet added: “The Wooler Wheel events have been running since 2012 so this will be our 10th event and because the event offers several distances there should be something to suit each person’s level of fitness.
“And the more people who join in the more money we raise for HospiceCare. And even if riding is not your thing, but you’d like to help then you could be a marshal on the day itself.”
More details about the sportive
Feed and water stations provide riders with tasty treats on the longer routes, including flapjacks from the Great Northumberland Bread Company as well as jelly babies and bananas. Hot pies and mushy peas (plus a veggie option) await after the ride.
For those doing the junior 30k, there’s a special treat as Doddington Dairy are again sponsoring the ride which means that everyone gets one of its ice creams at the halfway point in Lowick.
The Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative will be on hand to fix any mechanical problems.