Cycle to Raise Funds for Hospice

Hundreds of cyclists are expected to take to the roads of East Kent on Sunday (9th May) to help raise money for a hospice in the county.

Pilgrims Hospice, which has sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, looks after people with serious illnesses.

It costs £8million pounds each year to keep the hospice running and they are hoping today's event will raise around £50,000.

Olympic Gold medalist Jamie Staff who is from Ashford will be joining other people on the 70 mile route.

Jamie said: "I am proud to have the opportunity to be involved in an event that supports such a worthy cause. The sight and sound of hundreds of cyclists joining together throughout east Kent will be impressive."

Fundraising manager Deborah Kellond said: "We are thrilled that Jamie has chosen to support Pilgrims Hospices and we haope that the local community will follow his training tips on our website and take on the challenge.

"We are hoping to raise £50,000 through this event, which will be a sizeable chunk of the £8million we need to raise each year."