On Sunday 5th September 2021, the PPS Charity Bike Ride returned with the longest ride yet and raised £1788 for Dove House Hospice in Hull.
After being forced to cancel the annual event in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic – the team were determined to come back with a new challenge for those brave enough to take it on.
Colleagues at their East Yorkshire branch, Norman Walker, nominated Dove House Hospice as the charity for this year’s ride as it is a charity close to their hearts.
Dove House Hospice has been caring for people in Hull for almost 40 years. Patients and families are at the heart of everything they do, whether they are caring for people at the end of their lives, providing therapies to help people with life limiting illnesses improve their quality of life, or giving much needed bereavement support to grieving families.
They work tirelessly for people in our community and the team wanted to play their part by supporting them in return.
The 55-mile route started at PPS Sheffield in Dinnington at 9am on the Sunday morning. The riders reporting for the challenge were: Andy Martlew, Jen Kershaw, Ashley Whitaker, Leland Heslop, Ethan Noble, Chris Speight, Craig Simper, Dave Batley and Kev Wilkinson. With a mixture of nerves, excitement and determination they set off East.
The route took them through some stunning rural villages, over the River Trent, past a pet cemetery, up 3 hills and of course, over the iconic Humber Bridge.
After 2 punctures and 4hours 31minutes riding time at an average speed of 12.3mph, the team arrived at Norman Walker near Hull. On a day that was hotter than expected they were thrilled to have completed this year’s challenge.
A massive well done to all 9 riders for putting themselves up for the challenge, going outside their comfort zone and completing it in style!
A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored the team. It gave them the drive to take on the challenge and makes a difference for those in the community being supported by Dove House Hospice. The final fundraising total was £1878.