Bobbies take to their bikes to support the hospice
Police officers in East Lancashire will be swapping their police helmets for cycle helmets when they take part in a charity cycle challenge to raise cash for St Catherine’s Hospice.
A 15-strong team from the Constabulary’s Eastern Division – which includes Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley – are set to take part in the 62-mile Manchester to Blackpool bike ride on Sunday July 14.
Staff voted who they wanted to raise money for and the hospice at Lostock Hall was nominated as one of the chosen charities.
The officers have been taking to two wheels to train hard over the past few weeks and are hoping to reach their target of raising £1,000.
The hugely popular ride sees over 8,000 cyclists set off from Old Trafford football ground, before making their way through the hills of of Leigh and Chorley to finish beneath the iconic mirror ball on Blackpool’s South Promenade.
Divisional Commander for Eastern Division, Chief Superintendent Bob Eastwood, said: “I wouldn’t say I’m a keen cyclist but I do enjoy keeping fit – I once did the London Marathon.
“I’ve been training for a few months now, it was tough at first but I’m getting used to it and it’s good exercise.
“I’m aware of the good work that hospices do to support those who are suffering and their families.
“I’m incredibly proud that such a large number of officers from my Division have volunteered to take part.”
Norman Cutler, Senior Fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We’re delighted that St Catherine’s Hospice was one of the group’s chosen charities, and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all the police who are taking part in this year’s Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride.”
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