Coast-to-coast fundraising ride

Nick and Vicky Bennett
Nick and Vicky Bennett

A coast-to-coast cycle ride has lured two sets of fundraisers from this region.

Last month, Vicky Bennett, aged 42, and her husband Nick, aged 38, from North Marston, rode the 170-mile Way Of The Roses, from Morcambe in the west to Bridlington in the east to raise money for North Marston School.

Mr and Mrs Bennett, whose children Lara, aged seven, and Rose, aged six, attend the school, raised over £2,000.

Mrs Bennett said: “It was very, very cold.

“The majority of the way, we encountered headwinds.

“The second day, we had to walk across snowdrifts for about an hour. We had to carry our bikes on our shoulders.But it was an amazing experience and a lovely thing to do.”

The school, which has put the money towards netbooks for Key Stage 1 pupils, thanked them at a special assembly.

They were presented with cards made by the children and a framed photograph.

Next weekend, a team of 11 from Padbury and Adstock will be cycling the Way Of The Roses, to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Phil Smith, Miles Nottage, Andrew Jarvis, Freddie Paling, Paul Paling, Peter Tebbutt, Paul Armitage, Parkhouse Tony, Tim Beebee, Ken Orledge, and Peter Wrigley range in age from 15 to 50-plus.So far they have raised £3,000 towards their £5,000 target.

Visit www.justgiving.com/padstockwayoftheroseschallenge

A few tickets remain for a fundraiser at Padbury Village Hall on June 29, featuring Padbury band Long Story.