School and hospice accept cash raised by Viking Challenge ride

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ORGANISERS of the Viking Challenge mountain bike ride have handed over the £13,000 raised by last year’s event.

Cash raised by last year’s ride was split between Redmile Primary School and its chosen charity for the year, Dove Cottage Hospice at Stathern.

Redmile School headteacher Julie Hopkins said: “Once again I have been amazed at the commitment and generosity of all the riders, sponsors and volunteers who supported the event.

Without each and every one of them, the event would not be possible. On behalf of the school and the Viking Challenge committee I would like to say a huge thank you. The money raised will make a huge difference to our pupils.”

Dove Cottage, the charity partner for the 2010 event, is a day hospice near Stathern that provides palliative care for people with cancer and other life threatening diseases living in Leicestershire, Rutland and Nottinghamshire.

Mrs Hopkins said: “We are delighted to be helping Dove Cottage which is very close to the school and where we know the money raised will make a real difference.”

Nearly 900 riders braved thick mud to complete last year’s event, covering routes of 50km and 30km. This years’ Viking Challenge takes place on Sunday, October 2.

Information and entry forms: www.vikingchallenge.org.uk