Earlier this year, Sunday 25th September, The Butterfly Hospice Trust held their annual cycling event, The Big Bike Ride.
This year the event saw over 65 cyclists depart from The Hospice grounds, all with the aim of raising as much funds as possible for the Hospice, which supports and provides care for patients and families facing a life-limiting illness.
With three separate routes, all varying in length, from 8, 28 and 68 miles, everyone set off amidst smiles and cheers from friends, family, and staff of the hospice, who were out in force to support them. The route took the riders to Anton’s Gowt, Tattershall Bridge and through to Lincoln, following the Water Railway Cycle path.
Kath Hunt, our very own Health Care Support Worker was one of the riders who completed the 28-mile route. Octogenarians taking part this year included Neville Dodd - riding 28 miles as he always does; David Burrell supported by his children and their partners as well as Tony Appleby riding on his mobility scooter.
Roger Fixter steered by Ash Napier also joined the event on a tandem cycle along the 28-mile route.
Boston Wheelers turned out in force, storming the 68-mile route, bringing welcome support and energy to the event.
Alongside many seasoned professionals, Henry Radford, aged 11 and a pupil at The Boston Endeavour Academy rode the 28-mile route with his family raising more than £750 for the Butterfly Hospice. A real inspiration to all who rode alongside him.
Julie Baker, The Butterfly Hospice Fundraising Champion said, “We had a fabulous day! It was lovely to see so many people come together to support us. Not only was it an opportunity to raise funds, but it brought families together, and gave an opportunity to remember loved ones.”
The Charity would like to thank everyone who has supported, to those riding on the day, but also to those who donated refreshments for our riders. Incredible support was given by Butterfly Hospice marshals and local businessman Alan Sharp who supports as our Cycling Consultant and Pilgrim Radio for their musical accompaniment.
If you missed out on this year’s event, then not to worry, keep an eye out on our website and social media for information on our next Big Bike Ride in 2023.