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Spalding stages 'Tour of Anna's Hope' for brain tumour charity




Cyclists set out from Spalding and rode for nearly 60 miles in aid of a children's cancer charity.

The annual 1Life Charity Bike Ride saw 25 riders follow a route between Spalding, Boston and Long Sutton to start the late spring bank holiday week.

About £445 was raised for Anna's Hope, a charity helping children and young people diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Organiser Josh Wright, sales manager at Spalding's Castle Sports Complex where the ride started and ended, said: "It went really well and we raised more money this time than the £371 we made last year.

Josh Wright, sales manager at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, and organiser of the 1Life Charity Bike Ride for Anna's Hope, with Charlie and Vicki Gage, Carol Hughes, Hayley and Paul Wright. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Josh Wright, sales manager at Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, and organiser of the 1Life Charity Bike Ride for Anna's Hope, with Charlie and Vicki Gage, Carol Hughes, Hayley and Paul Wright. Photo by Tim Wilson.

"It was really well-supported, with fruit, snacks and other refreshments for the cyclists at each stop.

"We had one member of staff , riders from local cycling clubs and members of the public who just wanted to join in and take part."

The riders were sent on their way by Carole Hughes, whose daughter Anna died from a brain tumour in October 2008 but whose name lives on through the charity.

Some of the 25 riders leaving Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, on their way to the Princess Royal Sports Centre, Boston, and then Peele Leisure Centre, Long Sutton. Photo by Tim Wilson.
Some of the 25 riders leaving Castle Sports Complex, Spalding, on their way to the Princess Royal Sports Centre, Boston, and then Peele Leisure Centre, Long Sutton. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Carole said: "Josh has been helping the charity since he was 13 and we're in awe of the work he has put in for us, especially with the bike ride.

"Anna's Hope is pioneering and we want children with a brain tumour to live a happy and fulfilled life - just like any other child."



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