A stunning £21,000 was raised at this year’s Great Milk Stout charity cycle ride.
Sponsors dug deep to celebrate the 20th year of the event, defying the odds to raise more cash for the cause, Macmillan Cancer Support, than at last year’s event.
The ride’s organising committee handed a cheque over to Macmillan at a ceremony in Harefield Hall Hotel this week.
Ride Chairman Mike Holt said: “It’s tremendously encouraging that even in challenging economic times, people’s kindness and generosity of spirit has not been diminished. Supporters of the Great Milk Stout have dug deep to raise £21,000 for Macmillan, which is an astonishing 24 per cent up on last year’s total of £17,000.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and all the local businesses that have supported us in raising this fabulous total in the ride’s 20th glorious year.”
Robyn Mountain Wade from Macmillan said: “This fantastic sum will help us ensure that vital front-line services, such as our mobile cancer information units, continue to provide support to people that desperately need it.”
The annual September event attracts hundreds of cyclists and fundraisers.
Starting from the showground in Pateley Bridge, cyclists can choose the 20-mile Full Monty, the ten-mile Half-Litre route, or the X-treme 25, which includes a one-in-four ascent out of Pateley.
At the presentation evening trophies were also presented teams and individuals who had raised the largest amount of sponsorship, and also for fancy dress.
The Team Challenge Trophy was won by the Woodhouse Wanderers; the Malcolm Williamson won the Rob Smith Memorial Trophy; and Emily Conn, 10, from Pateley Bridge scooped the fancy dress prize for completing the ride in her Where’s Wally costume.
The Pateley Club was the winner of the Pub Shield, and the Patrick Bickers Memorial Shield for Corporate Teams was won by All Occasions Marquees.