Bikers cycle to Lapland for charity

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Cyclists get ready to raise money for Northern Lights Charity

Merseyside cycling clubs have travelled the distance from Neston to Lapland to raise money for the Northern Lights Charity.

Northern Lights are a Wirral-based charity which has been fundraising to send seriously ill children to Lapland since 1987.

All the children they take on holiday are suffering from life-limiting illnesses and are aged between 6 and eleven.

Each year the children visit Lapland for five days, meeting Father Christmas himself, riding with huskies and visiting reindeer.

The 2,235 mile flight path between Neston in Cheshire and Kittila in Lapland was ‘cycled’ by volunteers over three days in Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet last week.

Local cycling clubs included PaleFish, Port Sunlight Wheelers and Merseyside Triathlon.

The equivalent number of miles was pedalled by fundraisers on turbo trainers supplied for the event by the Bike Factory in Chester.

Staff at Eureka Cafe, Parkgate Road, Chester, helped out on the day making sure cyclists got to and from Cheshire Oaks. The cafe is a well known hotspot among cyclists and has been a regular stopping place since 1929.

Cafe owner Anne Peek told JMU Journalism: “Everyone who came back to the cafe after they had done their turn sounded like they had enjoyed themselves.”

One hundred and eleven riders took part in the event, pedalling on the specially designed turbo trainers or their own bikes, and some took it in turn the ride the miles away on an exercise bike.

Graeme Cummings  rode 102 miles and Beth Maggs managed to ride a staggering 110 miles.

Karen Jones, chairman of the Northern Lights Charity, told JMU Journalism: “Thanks go to all the volunteers who gave their time to collect money in buckets during a very cold November weekend.”

Overall 3,033 miles were travelled, breaking the record and raising in excess of £3,500 for the Northern Lights Charity.

Donations can still be made via www.mydonate.bt.com/events/cycletolapland/90424

About Katie Croft, JMU Journalism