Businessman’s cycle ride for kids’ hospice

FUNDRAISER Tony Knight
FUNDRAISER Tony Knight

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A CYCLING fanatic raised £2,100 for a children’s hospice after completing a charity bike ride.

Tony Knight, 57, completed a 21-mile bike ride in 95 minutes on behalf of Naomi House Children’s Hospice, with the much-needed cash going to children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

The managing director of Knightsure Insurance Brokers, based in Locks Heath, celebrated 21 years of trading by completing the charity event, which ran across the countryside around Winchester.

Mr Knight, said: ‘We’d driven around the route earlier in the day in the car, and it definitely felt a lot easier then.

‘The hills did not feel so hilly, the track was a lot shorter obviously and I had a good feeling about it. I wanted to do it in under two and a half hours, so to finish in the time I did was a personal best.’

The total raised was over double of that aimed for by Mr Knight, who praised the generosity of the public.

Naomi House heavily relies on the public’s contributions to enable it to care for children, requiring around £5m a year to run two units.

Mr Knight added: ‘Naomi House is a haven for families which provides relief from the day-to-day pressures of looking after a child or young person with a life-limiting condition. It’s a vital community resource and I’m delighted that the local community responded so well to our plea for support.’