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PEDAL POWER The Harvest Home pub in Denmead is getting ready for the village's charity bike ride. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131776-9793)
PEDAL POWER The Harvest Home pub in Denmead is getting ready for the village's charity bike ride. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131776-9793)

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THIRTEEN may be unlucky for some but organisers of a charity bike ride hope it will bring more cash than ever before.

The popular Denmead Bike Ride takes place this month and this year the organisation’s chosen charity is Hannah’s Holiday Home.

Since it was started 13 years ago, a different good cause has been chosen each year and riders get sponsored for the gruelling slog around the hills of Waterlooville.

There are three routes to choose from – 10, 20 and 30 miles.

Each of them start at 10am from the Harvest Home pub, in the village centre,

While the cyclists are toughing it out on the country roads there are lots of activities back at the pub.

Committee member Jason Alexander for the Denmead Cycle Ride, said: ‘It’s grown from a small group of cyclists to becoming a big part of the village calendar.

‘We are expecting up to 300 people this year which would be a great achievement.

‘It’s a brilliant cause to support sick children, do some exercise and encourage your families to get outside.’

He continued: ‘It’s a great village event for Denmead and fun day out for the family.

‘The event is really well supported by the Harvest Home pub which is providing light entertainment for after the ride finishes.’

At the pub there will be a barbecue, tombola and entertainment throughout the afternoon and early evening.

Mr Alexander said: ‘It’s our 13th year and every year we select a local charity.

‘This year we decided that Hannah’s Holiday Home appeal will be our sole charity.

‘It’s a really worthy cause and it was unanimously decided that all donations should go to them this year.’

Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal pays for luxury caravans in the New Forest and Hayling Island in memory of 10-year-old Hannah Westbrook, who died in 2004 from Hodgkins disease.

The charity offers breaks to families who have lost someone or have a terminally-ill child in order to give them valuable time together in a peaceful and relaxing setting.

Entry to the ride is £5 per adult, £2 per child and £10 for a family. There are reduced rates for paying before the day. Go to denmeadcycleride.org.uk to register.