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Uncle Mick's Bike Ride hits £10,000 target

15 June 2017
A bike ride from Liverpool to Leeds has raised more than £10,400 for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.

Uncle Mick’s Bike Ride saw 49 cyclists and a 14-strong support team ride 127 miles along the canal path between the two cities in May.

It was the fifth and biggest event since being started by Mick Mason in 2013 with just himself, his brother and a neighbour.

The final total raised in sponsorship this year of £10,414.02 brings the overall amount raised in the last five years to more than £32,000.

Mick’s nephew Alex Mason, 13, was diagnosed with Frederich’s Ataxia in 2008, a life-limiting condition that affects the central nervous system, causing complications such as poor muscle growth, curvature of the spine and fatigue. He has attended Martin House regularly since 2010.

Mick said: “We had a few bumps along the way, and more punctures than I could count, but it was an incredibly successful weekend, and this is an amazing result.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part or has supported us, because without them none of this would happen.”

The bike ride received financial support from family and local businesses. Alex’s grandmother Andrea Mason paid for St John Ambulance cover, while his other grandparents Margaret and Paul Hicks funded the branded event T-shirts. Fusion4Care paid for coach hire to take the cyclists to the Liverpool start point and Dalesways Conservatories paid for the public liability insurance.

Other firms who helped were Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Leeds, which supplied two vans to transport all the bikes to Liverpool and Evans Halshaw Citroen, which supplied two courtesy cars and a van to be used as support vehicles, as well as cash for bike spares, Danone supplied 425 litres of water for the cyclists and Unite the Union Leeds supplied a bus for use during the weekend.

There was also assistance from Tesco and Morrisons with the supply of food for the ride, and DoubleTree by Hilton in Leeds also provided support with access to the pedestrianised area of Granary Wharf for supporters to attend at the finish line.

John Haigh, corporate fundraiser for Martin House, said: “To raise over £10,000 is a phenomenal achievement and testament to Mick’s tireless dedication to Martin House and the months of work he puts in to make this event happen every year.

“We support hundreds of children and young people every year, at Martin House, in hospitals and in their own homes, as well as the support we give to bereaved families, and none of it would be possible without the help of events like Uncle Mick’s Bike Ride. We’d like to thank Mick, all the cyclists and support team, plus everyone who contributed to the ride for their efforts.”

To sign up for next year’s bike ride, which is scheduled for the weekend of 12th-13th May, contact Mick on umbr.needinfo@virginmedia.com and to find out more about Martin House visit www.martinhouse.org.uk.