Will you get in the saddle for big cycle in aid of Northamptonshire hospice?

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This year’s Cycle 4 Cynthia fundraiser is to be launched at Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton next month.

The fundraiser has raised over £300,000 for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice over the last 12 events.

The launch will celebrate the achievements of the 1100 riders who took part in the 2015 ride at Althorp last autumn, including revealing the total amount they raised in sponsorship, of which every penny will go to support the hospice.

It will also see the presentation of trophies for the largest corporate team to take part, most money raised by an individual and best fancy dress being made by Saints coach Jim Mallinder and TV presenter and recent ‘Hello’ magazine cover star Natalie Pinkham, whose father John founded the ride.

Among those already pledging to be involved is Jay Roan from Northampton design agency Studio One and he is encouraging both serious riders and those who pedal for pleasure to leap into their saddles.

He said: “Coincidentally we had thirteen riders take part in our team last year and that was our fifth year running so it’s now something of a permanent fixture in our calendar. It’s such a great day to be part of because not only is cycling so enjoyable and involves our riding around some wonderful countryside, but also it’s great knowing we’re helping such a deserving cause, so I’d urge everyone to show their support by taking part and experience that buzz.”

Details of this year’s ride will be announced at the launch and thereafter will be on the website – www.cycle4cynthia.com and on the event’s Facebook page.

Anyone wishing to take part in the ride, including individuals, families or teams from businesses or organisations, is invited to attend the launch at Franklin’s Gardens at 6.30pm on Wednesday, February 10.

To find out more details, to book your place or to pledge your support for the ride, contact Sue Bownass at the hospice on 01604 678088 or visit www.cycle4cynthia.com