Cyclists raise vital cash for Doncaster cancer charity on big bike ride

Tour De Yorkshire ProAm Cycle Ride participants have raised more than 12,000 for charity
Tour De Yorkshire ProAm Cycle Ride participants have raised more than 12,000 for charity

A group of cyclists have raised some vital cash for Doncaster cancer patients with a ride across Yorkshire.

Almost 100 riders took part in the Tour De Yorkshire ProAm Cycle Ride, which took place before this year's Tour de Yorkshire.

More than £12,000 has been raised so far, with sponsorship monies still being pledged, for the two charities – Cancer Research UK and Doncaster’s Firefly Charity – as part of the Doncaster based Equinox charity which has raised over £150,000 so far for the two worthy causes.

“We are filled with admiration for all the cyclists that put so much effort and gave up so much time to support this fantastic bike ride and raise such a staggering amount of money for our charities,” co-organiser Sarah White said.

“Warmest thanks go also to those that enjoyed the spring sunshine at our family fun day too and welcome our riders home – the spirit and camaraderie amongst them all was fantastic.”

The professional and skilled cyclists tackled some of the most difficult terrain in the county, including Holme Moss and a climb of 11,000 feet during the 110 mile ride, whilst a group of novices and experienced cyclists tackled a 54 mile route.

“Everyone had such a fantastic time that plans are already underway to make 2018 even bigger and better,” said co-organiser Emily Harbon.

“We will announce the date just as soon as it has been planned and we hope to double our riders next year.

"Please spread the word with fellow cyclists so that we can achieve great things next year for our two charities.”

Founded by the late Denise Dunn, Firefly provides a shuttle bus service for patients undergoing treatment at regional cancer centres.