Sheffield cyclists raise over £10k for charity

Boost: Staff from Dransfield Properties hand over the cheque towards Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Boost: Staff from Dransfield Properties hand over the cheque towards Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
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forget Sir Bradley Wiggins – these cyclists know the true meaning of pedal power.

The team of riders raised more than £10,000 for charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by taking part in the sixth leg of their own Tour of Europe challenge.

They covered 320 miles, from Rome to the Croatian port of Dubrovnik, riding across Italy’s Apennine mountains.

The tour has so far raised more than £30,000 for the chosen charities of Dransfield Properties, which fielded the team.

Other causes to benefit include a new hydrotherapy pool at the Ryegate Therapy Block, which is part of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Mark Dransfield, managing director of the Barnsley-based firm, said: “The 2012 tour was a really tough ride across the Apennines.

“We’re all middle-aged riders and we’re covering about 100 miles every day, so it’s a big challenge for us all.

“We have supported Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research since the first charity bike ride we organised in 2007.

“It is a fantastic charity supporting and funding highly specialised research and work which makes such a huge difference to young blood cancer patients in our region.”

The cyclists, from Sheffield, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, presented a cheque to Caroline Draper, a member of the cancer charity’s Grimsby and district branch, whose husband Dean was part of the peloton.

Caroline said: “We know how hard fundraising is at the moment and it is wonderful to have the support of the cycle ride team.”

This year, the riders will start their next leg in Dubrovnik in September and head for Ljubljana in Slovenia. The aim is to be back in London by 2020.