MORE than 40 people joined the Mayor of Fareham in raising thousands of pounds for charity by riding 70 miles around the Isle of Wight.
So far, £6,000 has been raised for the Mayor Trevor Cartwright’s chosen charities – with the promise of more to come as all the sponsorship is collected.
The charities which will benefit are the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Toe in the Water, and Warsash Wasps Sports and Football Club.
Cllr Cartwright said: ‘I am extremely grateful to all the cyclists who took part, to the generosity of their sponsors and to the local organisations in Fareham and on the Isle of Wight who have given their support.
‘We had a brilliant day, with a wonderful atmosphere and raised a fantastic amount of money for local charities.
‘When you’re going round, you’re either going up or going down. It’s a tough ride, but everyone got round without any problems.
‘Coming down one of the hills I hit 34mph and set off one of the repeater warning signs. I’ve never done that before.’
The keen cyclist added: ‘I felt surprisingly good after finishing – the 900 miles training I put in must have paid dividends.’
Council chief executive Peter Grimwood, several other senior officers and Cllr Nick Gregory joined the ride. But council leader Cllr Sean Woodward, who had earlier pledged to join the ride, was forced to pull out because of an injury.
And they were also joined by Mary Burridge, the mayor’s sister-in-law and mother of Helen who has cystic fibrosis and was his inspiration for choosing the trust.
Mrs Burridge, from Somerset, said: ‘It was my 62nd birthday and I thoroughly enjoyed it but I was very tired at the end.
‘I’m delighted Trevor has chosen the trust. The researchers in the clinical trials are always coming up against a lack of funds, so it all helps.
‘We were told Helen would only get to 18, but she’s now 34, so there’s always hope.’
Several local businesses helped by providing support or making donations, including NatWest Bank, Everetts Chemist in Locks Heath, Co-op in Locks Heath, Sainsbury’s at Broadcut, Marks and Spencer in Fareham, Wightlink ferries, Ktees T-shirt printing, and Peter Hansford Cycles, in Park Gate.
Future fundraising events organised by the mayor’s office include a coach trip to Buckingham Palace and clay pigeon shooting.
For more information go to fareham.gov.uk or call (01329) 236100.