Raising money is like riding a bike for drivers

Liza Bailey and her daughter Helen Bailey took part in Small Business Saturday last year at their florist shop Seaside Florist on Hayling Island.

Picture: Malcolm Wells

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EMPLOYEES at First Bus Hampshire and Dorset have swapped their buses for bicycles to complete a charity ride around the Isle of Wight.

They spent a day riding 62 miles around the island to raise funds for the Countess Mountbatten Hospice.

It comes 12 months after the team cycled from London to Fareham to raise £1,000 for Naomi House in Winchester.

The team was led by Gosport bus driver Kevin Lister, 44, and included bus drivers Steve Kieser, Phil Howard and Brian Weston.

They were supported by workmates Tim Lewis and Tony Hossell, who both work on the new Eclipse BRT network between Fareham and Gosport.

Kevin said: ‘This is an organisation that has touched many people’s lives, including the family of one of our team members, so we wanted to do something to say thank you to them properly.’