A KEEN cyclist has handed over £1,450 for a hospice in memory of a friend.
Clive Gudgeon did a 114-mile bike ride with a difference in aid of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.
His sponsorship money will be put towards replacement electrically-operated chairs for the Backford unit's day care service.
Mr Gudgeon, of Great Sutton, embarked on the ride in memory of his close friend and colleague at Vauxhall Motors, Peter Doyle.
Great Sutton resident Mr Doyle, who was cared for at the hospice, died in January this year.
So on May 7, Mr Gudgeon took part in the Fred Whitton Cycle Challenge, which involves a tour of all the Lakeland Passes in a gruelling test of stamina.
Mr Gudgeon completed the circuit in 11 hours 26 minutes, and says he is delighted the £640 he raised in sponsorship was then match-funded to the tune of £800 by the Vauxhall Charity Fund.
A fund representative said: 'Peter had been such a very active and supportive member of our fund and they wanted to support the hospice with the purchase of equipment for the benefit of future patients in his memory.
'We were delighted to support Clive in his achievement and look forward to seeing the chairs in operation.'
Hospice fundraiser Margaret Hopkins said: 'We are all so very grateful to Clive and full of admiration at him finishing such a difficult challenge.
'The chairs we know will be absolutely wonderful for our patients as they can be adjusted to help each patient to be really comfortable.
'Our thanks to Clive, his support team and Vauxhall's Charity Fund on behalf of all those patients who will benefit in the future.'