As the nation celebrates Bike Week (from 10th–16th June), cyclists are urged to embrace this year’s #BikeHeroes theme and sign up to take part in the Hope House Cycle Challenge. As an added incentive, for 2024, participants will receive a specially designed handy water bottle as part of their finishers’ goodie bag.

Cyclists taking part in the Hope House Cycle Challenge on 11th August, will receive a specially designed handy water bottle courtesy of sponsors Recycling UK (RUK Ltd), a paper recycling business.

RUK, based in Cheshire, who also have a depot in Oswestry, are backing the Hope House Cycle Challenge. The event, which offers 56 and 70-mile route options, sees participants convert pedal power into care for local children and families.

The Challenge sets off from the children’s hospice in Morda, near Oswestry. Cyclists can choose the 56-mile route to Lake Vyrnwy, or the 70-mile route to Lake Bala. The Lake Bala challenge returns via Bwlch y Groes – one of the highest public road mountain passes in Wales with a summit altitude of 545 metres. Hungry pedallers will be provided with refreshments at a halfway feed station and afternoon tea back at Hope House.

The team at RUK have been supporting Hope House & Tŷ Gobaith’s children’s hospices since taking over the business in 2012. They have sponsored previous Cycle Challenges as well as the charity’s golf days and Santa Dash.

Thank you RUK

Commercial Director Simon Marsden and Managing Director Neil Clarke said they were delighted to back the Cycle Challenge.

“The previous owner was a supporter of Hope House, and we took that on board to support a local charity which helps families in Shropshire, Cheshire and mid and North Wales.

“We’re both supporters of fitness and sport, and are keen to promote events that encourage people to get out and about for an important local cause.”

RUK are also a long-standing partner of Oswestry-based The New Saints (TNS) football club and have sponsored an advertising board for Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith’s children’s hospices at TNS’s ground.

Fundraiser Bekki Fardoe thanked RUK for their continued support.

She said: “Thanks so much to Neil, Simon and the team for backing the Cycle Challenge again in 2024. Their continued sponsorship for this and other events really helps us to raise as much money as possible to support and care for local children and their families.

“We’re expecting around 200 entrants, and already have more than 60 cyclists signed up with two months still to go. We will be accepting entries right up until the event day, though we’re urging people to take advantage of our Early Bird Offer up until 14 July, with sign up at £27.50. The price then goes up to £35 until on the day.”

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