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Park 2 Park bike ride organiser Aubrey Hill with Gail Parkin and Rebecca Mirfin of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice
Park 2 Park bike ride organiser Aubrey Hill with Gail Parkin and Rebecca Mirfin of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice
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The pedal power of one pensioner has helped to create one of Sheffield’s fastest-growing charity cycle rides.

Organisers are expecting the biggest turnout yet for the Park 2 Park ride for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice on Thursday, September 19.

The event, a family-friendly 35k race which sets off from Rother Valley Park, was founded by keen charity fundraiser Aubrey Hill, aged 66, of Beighton three years ago.

Last year, 189 cyclists of all abilities and ages – from five to 76 – took part and raised £15,000.

Now Aubrey and fellow fundraisers are hoping to beat that figure this time.

He said: “A friend’s granddaughter spent her last days at Bluebell Wood and this inspired me to help.

“We can only imagine what the children’s parents go through with the loss of a child, but her parents came through the other side with so much positivity – testimony indeed to the amazing work done by the hospice.

“As a keen cyclist, I wanted to organise a safe but challenging bike ride that the whole family could take part in and fundraise for the hospice. I devised an off-road route and it’s been an incredible success.”

Gail Parkin, Sheffield area fundraiser for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “At a time of life when most people would want to put their feet up, or potter around in the garden, Aubrey Hill still works full time, often for long hours.

“All of his spare time after work and at weekends is currently spent organising the cycle ride.

“It is extremely popular with the local community. I never cease to be amazed at the support we get from people.”

There is still time to register for the ride, but participants have been warned to ensure they sign up before the August 30 deadline.

Visit www.park2park.co.uk to register online or call www.park2park.co.uk.

To sponsor cyclists visit www.justgiving.com/park2park-bikeride and make a donation.