Armley: Pedal power raises £1,800 for children’s hospice

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Two men have shown true pedal power to cycle over 200 miles to support Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Lee Metcalfe, 51, joined the 11th Leeds Boys Brigade in Armley when he was ‘six or seven’ years old, and has gone on to volunteer in a number of positions, including leader and now treasurer.

Last weekend Lee took part in a sponsored bike ride from Leeds to the tip of Spurn Point via Hull, along with fellow volunteer Kevin Pyett. They set off on Saturday and returned on Sunday to raise money in memory of Abbie Wilson, who passed away in a road traffic accident on 27 December aged just 10 years old. 

Abbie’s dad, Darren, is captain at the 11th Leeds, which is based at Whingate Methodist Church.

“The ride took us along riverside paths, quiet back roads, reclaimed railway lines and even a short section of Pontefract race case,” Lee said. “Reaching the North Sea on Saturday was a great sense of accomplishment and crossing the Humber Bridge on the way back on Sunday offered amazing views. 

“Two stiff and sore men in their 50s finished back in City Square Leeds on Sunday afternoon after just over 200 miles. All for a fantastic cause.”

The fundraiser has so raised £1,800, which is £650 above its target. You can still donate and find out more about the fundraiser here.

The duo were sponsored by Solutions Lighting in Bramley. 

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