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Two hospices have been bowled over by a Shepherd Neame pub which helped raise more than £38,000 for them with its annual Pedal4Charity event.
Cycling, quizzing and dancing are just three of the events which saw The Cricketersin Horsell, Surrey, top last year’s tally by an impressive £5,000 for the Woking and Sam Beare Hospices.
The Cricketers has supported the Pedal4Charity for the last four years, raising tens of thousands of pounds each time for the hospices, which provide specialist palliative care. This year’s event included a 22-mile cycle ride from and to the pub.
Ron Neale, who created the Pedal4Charity event and announced the figure at a thank-you party for participants at The Cricketers, said: “It is amazing. It has taken me by surprise. Last year we raised £33,000 and I thought that would be hard to beat.”
The fund-raising ride, which attracted 260 cyclists, was boosted by a festival on the nearby green comprising live music, a barbecue and amusements for the children. There was also a barn dance and a pub quiz, each attracting 250 people and the whole thing lasting over five days.
“The Cricketers hosts the event and Shepherd Neame provided a mobile bar for the barn dance,” added Ron who, along with his team, plans to organise another event next year.
Cyclists, comprising hardy enthusiasts and families, set off from The Cricketers at 11am, before heading back from about 1pm.
Ron said: “The speedy ones whipped around the course in about hour and a half, with others coming in four hours later. The festival itself attracted about 600 to 700 people –and that doesn’t include the cyclists.”
In total, the Pedal4Charity events have raised £110,000 for the hospices.
Pedal4Charity may be over for this year, but staff at The Cricketers have remained busy on the fund-raising front. The team backed Spitfire Ale’s involvement in the international men’s health charity campaign, Movember by cultivating a fine array of facial hair. The team raised more than £1,300 for the cause.