Ride to feed a community and save lives

Volunteer Gary Peatling takes part in a static bike ride for charity at Oxfam's charity shop in Spalding.

Volunteer Gary Peatling takes part in a static bike ride for charity at Oxfam's charity shop in Spalding.

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Volunteers in Spalding have clocked up the miles to raise both awareness of poverty and money for humanitarian charity Oxfam.

Eight volunteers at the charity’s shop in Station Street rode a total of 176 miles, the distance from Spalding to London and back, on an exercise bike to raise funds for one of the charity’s anti-poverty projects worldwide.

But that wasn’t enough for one of the volunteers, Gary Peatling (42), who then cycled 40 miles from Boston to Peterborough on Monday for the Oxfam Ride to Feed a Community fundraiser.

Gary said: “We had an exercise bike in the shop on Friday and Saturday lent to us by Probodies Gym, Spalding, and a group of volunteers did a bit of cycling to publicise the ride on Monday.

“We were sponsored according to how many miles we did and the money raised will go towards disaster relief in a country overseas.

“Then because I cycle fairly regularly, I rode from the Oxfam shop in Boston to the shop in Peterborough, stopping off in Spalding and Stamford.

“It was our idea to do this but our shop manager, Vicky Lord, played an important part in this as well.”