Pedalling up hospice cash

Prince of Wales Hospice - Pontefract - annual cyclothon
Prince of Wales Hospice - Pontefract - annual cyclothon

KEEN cyclists across the Five Towns are being asked to pedal up cash for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice by joining the care centre’s annual cylothon.

Entries for the event, on Sunday May 15, opened this week and organisers are hoping for the biggest turn out yet.

Last year’s cyclothon attracted 350 riders of all ages and this year hospice bosses hope more people will dust off their bikes and take part.

This year there will be four routes to appeal to cyclists of all ages and fitness levels who have the choice of 10, 25, 45 or 60-mile rides around the countryside of West and North Yorkshire.

Participants can enter as individuals or as teams and are encouraged to get as much support and sponsorship as possible from family and friends for the Halfpenny Lane hospice.

Each rider will receive a cyclothon T-shirt and medal and prizes for various categories will be presented at a special awards evening on October 14.

Entry costs £6 adults, £3 children, teams of four or more £5 per rider. To sign up, visit or call the hospice to request an entry form.

The hospice is still looking for a sponsor for this year’s event, so any businesses interested in supporting the charity should contact the fundraising team for more information.

Other hospice fundraising events lined up in the coming months include a rock n roll night at Castleford High School on February 19, a fashion show at Rogerthorpe Manor in Badsworth on March 31, a sponsored skydive at Brigg in Lincolnshire on May 7 and Osgoldcross and Elmet Rotary Club’s first fundraising dragon boat festival at the Blue Lagoon in Womersley on May 30.