23rd Sep, 2017

Family urges cyclists to jump in the saddle for tenth Warwickshire Bike Ride

Laura Kearns 20th Mar, 2017

A FAMILY are hoping cyclists will jump in the saddle to help them mend some broken hearts.

The Lewis’ from Honiley are organising their tenth Warwickshire Bike Ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Mending Broken Hearts appeal, which funds research.

The family took over running the event from late husband and father Chris, who suffered from the disease.

Over the years some £38,000 has been raised, but they hope to generate even more at the event on Sunday May 21, which leaves from Wren Hall in Wroxall and allows cyclists to take on 16 or 32 mile countryside routes.

Jean Lewis says: “The bike ride has always been a family-run event, previously spearheaded by my late husband Chris who was a passionate supporter of the BHF and its vital life-saving work.

“Nearly 120 people registered last year and raised over £4,500 for the charity which is a fantastic achievement. My sons and I are hoping to continue organising this event annually and still need support from cyclists to help make it an even bigger success.”

And the BHF charity has spoken out to thank the family for their efforts in supporting the appeal.

Fund-raising manager Jenine McGaughran said: “We are really grateful to Jean Lewis and her family for all their hard work. We hope that people will continue to support the bike ride and mark the success achieved over the last decade.

“Over the years this event has cultivated a reputation based on its warm, friendly atmosphere, the feedback is always great and it’s an ideal opportunity for the whole family, friends or colleagues to cycle together and raise essential funds.”

Advanced entry is available until May 14 and costs £14 but will cost £20 after that date. A complimentary lunch will also be served after the event.

Children can enter for free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Visit www.bhf.org.uk/warwickshirebikeride to sign up or find out more.

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