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Ride for Ryder is back with more riding than ever before

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is announcing the 'Return of the Ride' with its much loved Cotswolds charity cycling event, Ride for Ryder, which is back for its 33rd year of raising vital funds for local families needing the hospice's care.

Sponsored by Gloucester-based Allstone Speedy Skips, it is the first event the local hospice has been able to stage following the cancellation of all its fundraising events in March 2020, which had a devastating blow on the charity's fundraising.

Registration is open now at www.sueryder.org/rideforryder with early bird discounts on entry available until July 8, and the hospice hopes riders will once again jump into the saddle to show their much needed support.

The event starts and finishes at Dean Close School in Cheltenham on Sunday, August 8, offering cyclists of any ability the opportunity to enjoy all the beautiful Cotswolds has to offer on bike following fully signed 40, 90 and 130km route options with Covid-safe feed and water stations. Along the way riders will be treated to spectacular Cotswold countryside views as they travel through villages of Broadway, Stanway, Guiting Power, Weston-sub-Edge and more.

Hospice director, Elise Hoadley is thrilled to be welcoming back cyclists, whose numbers have soared in recent years thanks to the stunning Cotswold routes, professional organisation supported by British Cycling and an electric atmosphere.

She said: "I can't put into words how wonderful it is to be sharing the news that entries for our Ride for Ryder sportive are now open. This will be our first fundraising event back following the outbreak of the pandemic and our fundraising team have been working tirelessly to make sure it can go ahead with stringent Covid-secure measures in place to keep our riders and our local community safe."

"Ride for Ryder means a lot to us - over the past four years people have cycled 130,000km raising an astonishing £130,000 so we can continue to be there when it matters. Following the devastating impact of the pandemic on our fundraising over the past year, 2021's event has more riding on it than ever before."

Thanks to event sponsorship from long term charity partner, Allstone Speedy Skips, all funds raised by participants this year will be driven into funding the expert and compassionate palliative care and bereavement support given by Sue Ryder.

CEO of Allstone Speedy Skips, Simon Ford, said: "Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is there when it matters, for so many families, in our local community, and now it is our turn to be there for them.

"Allstone Speedy Skips are thrilled to be sponsors of the hospice's post Covid come-back event, and we're looking forward to seeing lots of participants and local businesses turning the wheels in support of our much loved local hospice. We're entering an Allstone Speedy Skips team and we can't wait to roll up at the start line on the 8th August."

Registration is now open at www.sueryder.org/rideforryder with early bird discounts available midnight on Thursday, July 8.

For more information on Allstone Speedy Skips visit www.speedyskips.co.uk.

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