CYCLING: AN ELLESMERE Port-based team are hoping that Pioneer readers will help them reach a £4,000 target for Claire House as they embark on a bike ride across the UK.
The team, consisting of cyclists Brian McLellan, Roy McLellan, Brian Selby, Paul Williams and Ernie Wootton will travel from Land's End to John O'Groats in aid of the children's hospice.
Known as the 'End to End' challenge, their journey will cover 900 miles over a week in June - equating to an average of 128 miles in the saddle each day.
Paul said: 'It's quite a challenge for any cyclist but we are all keen, enthusiastic and experienced cyclists who enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer.
'It is also a fantastic opportunity to raise valuable funds for some special people who depend on donations to conquer far greater challenges that the world throws at them.
'Claire House relies entirely on the generosity and help of people in the region for all its income and running costs. They need £120,000 every month in order to run and a further £2m to build, equip and run a new teenage wing for a year.
'All monies raised from this challenge will be donated to Claire House, none will be used to fund this event.'
Already the group have received support from their employers with Ellesmere Port's E&P Coatings, who Roy works for, supplying the minibus and all the fuel required for the challenge.
Urenco in Capenhurst, who employ both Paul and Brian, have pledged £500 while neighbouring British Nuclear Group, where Ernie works, have donated £250.
If you'd like to help the team reach their target then you can make a donation straight to Claire House by calling 0151 343 0883 or logging on to www.claire-house.org.uk
Anyone who can help the team with equipment can e-mail Paul Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org