Nightriders celebrate tour

Butters Group cyclists celebrate after a hard night's work.
Butters Group cyclists celebrate after a hard night's work.
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NEARLY 30 staff from a Spalding company completed a 60-mile overnight bike ride in London at the weekend and enjoyed rubbing shoulders with royalty and TV celebs.

Cyclists from Butters Group were at the Nightrider start-line with Princess Eugenie and saw her mum – Sarah, Duchess of York – as well as TV personalities Ben Fogle and Downton Abbey’s Mr Carson, actor Jim Carter.

But the real highlight will come in a few weeks’ time when they have collected all of their sponsorship money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Butters development team member John Mudge said the 26 riders hoped to collect about £4,000 for the children’s hospital, but the grand total is now likely to be between £5,500 and £6,000.

Nightrider takes about eight hours to complete and Butters staff set off shortly before midnight on Saturday, taking in some of London’s most famous landmarks.

Mr Mudge said it’s the only time London nearly shuts down but parts of the route were still busy.

He said: “Going through the West End at 2am-3am it was surprising to see how many people were around.”

All of the cyclists from the firm in Kellet Gate, Low Fulney, completed the trip and 14 have already signed up to do it again next year.

l You can still donate to Great Ormond Street Hospital by calling Mr Mudge on 01775 768831 and asking for extension 370 or visiting http://www.justgiving.com/James-Swift-Butters