Late landlady’s friends tackle ride for charity in her memory

The ''Jean Wright memorial bike ride fundraiser, pictured at the Sir Joseph Paxton pub ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151670-2)
The ''Jean Wright memorial bike ride fundraiser, pictured at the Sir Joseph Paxton pub ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151670-2)

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  • Jean Wright ran pubs across Hampshire
  • Popular lady died aged 60 from cancer in June
  • Fund set up in her name to raise cash for Brain Tumour charity
  • Friends and family cycle more than 50 miles
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FIFTEEN friends of the late landlady Jean Wright gave up their Sunday to peddle more than 50 miles in her memory.

The group, which also included Jean’s son Michael, covered a tour of Hampshire, from Salisbury to Drayton, yesterday stopping at six pubs that used to be run by Jean and her husband Graham.

Jean Wright

Jean Wright

The bike ride was raising money for the Jean Wright Fund, set up by her friends and family to raise money for the Brain Tumour charity.

Jean died in June from cancer aged 60 and now her friends and family want to raise £26,000 in her name.

While Jean was landlady at the Sir Joseph Paxton Pub in Titchfield six years ago, the couple raised £26,000 for charity and Graham hopes to hit that target again. They have raised about £5,000 so far.

Elaine Gibson, from Chandler’s Ford, came up with the bike ride idea. Her first job was with the couple in the Hunters Inn.

The 42-year-old said: ‘They ran so many pubs in the area I thought it would be a nice idea to cycle between them.

‘It is quite emotional to see everyone here.’

Graham, from Paulsgrove, said: ‘They have all been brilliant, words cannot express.

‘There’s very few real cyclists among them but they have done it all.’

The 62-year-old, who is now retired from the pub trade but volunteers at The Rowans Hospice, said that Jean would have been proud of the group.

The ride started at the Hampton Inn in Salisbury, before calling at the Hunters Inn in Romsey, the Village Inn in Swanwick, the Sir Joseph Paxton in Titchfield, finishing at Indian restaurant the Spice Village, which used to be the New Inn, in Drayton.

Other fundraisers are planned, including a swim, marathon, skydive and 24-hour football match. For more search ‘Team Jean Wright Community’ on Facebook or go to justgiving.com/teamjeanwrightgraham/