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Charity gets £9,000 from cycling event

Candy Rafferty, Radio Borders Cash for Kids manager, receives a cheque for �8,716.96 from Beth Mills of Wooler Cycle Hub.

Candy Rafferty, Radio Borders Cash for Kids manager, receives a cheque for �8,716.96 from Beth Mills of Wooler Cycle Hub.

More than £9,000 has been raised for Radio Borders Cash for Kids from the Wooler Wheel Borderlands cycling event, held in May.

Beth Mills from Wooler Cycle Hub this week presented a cheque for over £8,700, the profits from the entry fees of over 700 riders, to Candy Rafferty, Radio Borders Cash for Kids manager. ­

Over £200 was raised on the day for disadvantaged children in the Scottish Borders and north Northumberland by three masseurs, who offered their services in return for donations to the charity from the riders.

A further £100 has been raised by the official photographers, AndersonDrummond Photography, who have donated a percentage of photo sales to the charity.

Candy Rafferty, Radio Borders Cash for Kids manager, said: “Over the past few months I have witnessed the dedication and sheer hard work that goes in to organising the Wooler Wheel events.

“Having also taken part, I know they are everything a cyclist could dream of ­challenging routes in stunning scenery with outstanding management and hospitality that knows no bounds.

“Thanks to the incredible efforts of Wooler Cycle Hub, their sponsors, supporters and dedicated team of marshals and volunteers the lives of many of our local children will change for the better.

“On behalf of those children, their families and carers, we would like to say a huge ‘thank you’.”

Over £1,000 has been raised by riders who took part in the event in aid of Cash for Kids, with their sponsorship money going to the charity in their local area.

Beth Mills of Wooler Cycle Hub said: “We would like to thank everyone who contributed to help raise this amount for Radio Borders Cash for Kids, including John Swan Ltd, Farm to Freeze, The Great Northumberland Bread Company, Doddington Dairy and Edinburgh Bicycle Co­-operative.

“We could not have held the event without the support of all those venues who allowed us to use them as feed and water stations, and not forgetting the army of marshals and helpers who gave up their time to make he day go smoothly and safely.”

The next Wooler Wheel sportive takes place on October 4 and features routes of 50 and 100km.

 

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