A group of mountain bikers who took up cycling after hanging up their football boots have raised more than £8,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital by completing a 140-mile ride.
The men, led by Ian Warhurst, aged 47, from Mosborough, took part in twice-weekly rides in and around southern Sheffield and the Peak District after their over-35s football team ended.
Then, three years later, an eight-strong team decided to take on a coast-to-coast bike ride from Whitehaven to Tynemouth.
“The majority of us had never done any fundraising before but we decided unanimously to help a great establishment that was local to us,” said Ian.
“We are dads ourselves and our families have used the Children’s Hospital so we know how important it is.
“We hoped the money we would raise would make a difference to someone’s life, maybe even go some way to saving one.”
Ian added: “The challenge was a great experience. We set off in bright sunshine and experienced every type of weather. We all had a great time and we’re thrilled by the amount of money we’ve managed to raise.”
The other bikers were Lee Bond, Paul Cooper, Richard Beck, John Durade, Nick Clayton, Pete Trenchard and Andy Grocutt.
Rebecca Staden, senior fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are so thankful to Ian and his team for the fantastic amount they have raised.”
The charity’s Make It Better appeal is currently collecting £20m towards the hospital’s redevelopment.