Fundraising cycling event takes place in Wiltshire

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MANY cyclists dusted off their bikes and took part in a charity cycle ride to raise money in memory of the late Wiltshire Councilor Jerry Wickham.

Fifty runners were from Wiltshire Council as well as cyclists from public sector partners and Landmarc who sponsored the event.

The event took place yesterday (Thursday September 22) with two routes available and they could choose to go 30 or 100 miles.

Wiltshire Council chief executive Terence Herbert said: “It was a great event taking advantage of the beautiful landscapes of Wiltshire, such as the Wylye Valley and Avebury. We are delighted to have been able to organize the event and honor the memory of Jerry in this way.

“We hope the funds raised will benefit these charities and the great work they do, and in turn continue to improve the lives of people in Wiltshire.”

Funds raised through the charity cycle will benefit the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Dorothy House Hospice in Wiltshire.

Chris Wickham, Jerry’s son, said: “As a family, we are so proud that the council has once again held this event in honor of my father.

“It was a privilege to be there at the start to greet the runners, and I hope the event will raise vital funds for Dorothy House Hospice and The Royal Marsden Cancer Trust – two charities which were dear to the hearts of father.”

Landmarc Regional Operations Manager Chris Ockleton said: “Our local communities are important to us, so it was an honor for me and the team to take part in this event to raise funds for two such great causes. ”

Chris, who also took part in the charity run, added: “We really enjoyed the run, but more importantly our involvement provided us with opportunities to raise awareness of prostate cancer across our business.

“Thank you Wiltshire Council for putting on such a fantastic event, we were proud to be part of it.”

Over £1,400 has been raised so far and the Just-Giving page is still open for those who wish to donate.

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