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Spalding plays a part in charity challenge for NHS heroes

Spalding played a vital part in a charity bike ride to raise money for our NHS heroes.

On Tuesday, August 4, James Clarke, from Boston, cycled 150 miles around Lincolnshire for NHS Charities Together, passing through the Spalding on his journey.

As part of his ride, James stopped at four hospitals in the area, where he stood outside and clapped for two minutes to show his appreciation for the incredible work of NHS staff during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

James Clarke in Spalding on his NHS bike challenge (40339270)
James Clarke in Spalding on his NHS bike challenge (40339270)

James, said: "The ride went really well - I don't think it could have gone any better actually and the weather was perfect.

"I started at Market Place in Boston at 5am and then I returned at 9:40pm and my legs were like jelly at the end!"

James made his way to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Louth's County Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital and Grantham & District Hospital, passing through the Lincolnshire Wolds and he even ended up stuck behind a horse and cart in Lincoln.

The ride put James through his paces, but he is thrilled to have raised £520 for NHS Charities Together.

He said: "I am overwhelmed by the support and I can't thank everyone who donated and supported me enough.

"I wanted to do something to give something back to the NHS staff for what they have done for us.

"It's unbelieveable what they have done - it is so hard to imagine how stressful and difficult it has been for them.

"I was really looking forward to the challenge and I knew it would be difficult, but I was determined and I did it.

"It was also a brilliant opportunity to take in what an outstandingly beautiful place Lincolnshire is. From the flat areas to the rollercoaster up and downs of the Wolds."

The money James has raised will be put towards providing medical equipment and will also go towards essential help and support for NHS staff.

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