May 23 2011 By Siba Matti
Michael Sobell House bikers
MORE than 200 cyclists put pedal to the metal to raise thousands of pounds for a hospice in Northwood.
On Yer Bike For Care, in aid of Michael Sobell House hospice (MSH), based at Mount Vernon Hospital, took place on Sunday, May 15.
The hospice, which offers palliative care for patients with life limiting illnesses, needs to find £1.2million every year to maintain its vital services.
It raised more than £12,000 at last year's annual event and hopes to match or beat that total.
Cyclists took in beautiful countryside views as the majority embarked on the gruelling 50 mile route, newly introduced this year in addition to 12 and 24-mile journeys.
MSH business manager, David Mosely, said: "The whole day was brilliant, the weather was very kind to us and the new 50-mile route proved to be very popular, with almost half of all cyclists taking on the challenge.
"We hope to have raised at least the same amount as last year and as always, we are very grateful to everyone who got involved and generously gave us their support, including staff from Mount Vernon."
More than 1,000 women are set to continue the fundraising efforts of MSH by pounding the streets of Northwood at night.
Time is running out to sign up for the second annual Ladies in the Night walk, on Friday, June 3.
The late-night stroll will bring together women of all ages and abilities.
It starts and finishes at MSH and will take place on well-lit roads, with marshalls and signs in place to guide the way.
Entrants will receive a walker pack including a t-shirt, sponsorship form and information booklet.
There will also be a raffle on the night with signed merchandise from television talent show, The X-Factor, as well as two British Airways return tickets to Europe, and beauty goodies.
For more information, contact Ophelia Chambers-Henry on 01923 844 829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MSH can also now accept donations via text message – simply text MSHH22 and your cash amount to 70070.
Find out more by visiting www.michaelsobellhouse.co.uk. See the Gazette on June 8 for pictures of the Ladies in the Night Walk.