Cycling challenge raises £10k for Kenton charity

Virendra Solanki, Amit Kapadia and Mitesh Kapadia

Virendra Solanki, Amit Kapadia and Mitesh Kapadia - Credit: Archant

More than 100 people got on their bikes to raise in excess of £10,000 for a charity in Kenton yesterday.

The cyclists of all ages, with the youngest being five, took part in Pledge 2 Pedal to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice.

The hospice cares for residents from Brent and Harrow with incurable illnesses and offers a range of services for patients including a day care unit and home care teams.

It relies on 75 per cent of its funding from the community, individuals, companies and organisations.

The special event saw children and adults completing in either a 15-mile or 30-mile sponsored route through Harrow with family and friends cheering them along the way.

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The challenge ended in Harrow Recreational Ground where a Dr Bike service was offered to participants and visitors to get their cycles checked and fixed for free.

The Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Team were also there to mark people’s bikes for free so if they were stolen there was more possibility that their bike could be recovered.

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Caitlin Hicks, a great supporter of St Luke’s who completed the 30 mile route, said: “It was great to have accomplished something before midday.

“If anyone is thinking of taking part next year, I would say just train but most of all enjoy it.”

Thanking everyone who took part, Pam Russell, St Luke’s director of fundraising, said: “It is wonderful to see so many people of all ages and from all sections of the community coming together to raise funds for their local hospice.

“We rely on the support of community for over 70 per cent of our funding, and every penny raised will make a real difference to our patients and their families.’

If you would like to take part in a challenge event for St Luke’s Hospice visit or call 020 8382 8196.

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