Staff and customers at Bury social care provider Persona have raised more than £500 for local children’s hospice Grace’s Place by taking part in a virtual cycle ride from Manchester to London.
Riders took to exercise bikes at Sunnybank, Persona’s day centre for people with learning disabilities, and also completed laps at the athletics track at Leverhulme Park in Bolton.
The cycling marathon clocked up more than 215 miles - the distance from Manchester to the capital over three days.
Customers at Persona’s Sunnybank Community Centre took part, as well as relatives and members of Persona’s team who provide day time support services for people with learning disabilities.
Participants collected funds for Grace’s Place via sponsorship forms and a Just Giving page and also held a raffle to help the Radcliffe-based hospice.
Customers with physical disabilities were able to take part thanks to the Wheels for All facility at Leverhulme Park which includes adapted bikes, three-wheelers and tandems.
Day Services Officer at Sunnybank Amanda Freestone: “It’s been an incredible week which has involved an amazing effort on the part of staff at Sunnybank, our customers and their families. We’re all a bit sore and tired but it was worth it!
“One family member had never rode a bike before and yet came along and managed to complete a mile towards the total. It was a superb team effort which has helped us to raise much needed funds for this incredibly worthwhile local cause.
“We chose Grace’s Place as we wanted to get behind a local charity and are proud to help them in their efforts to provide care and support for more than 600 children with life shortening conditions. Our approach, which is about providing the best quality person-centred support for our customers, very much chimes with the approach of Grace’s Place.
“The challenge showed what can be achieved by people coming together to support a common cause. Everyone did their bit and played their part in helping us clock up all the miles we needed to complete the challenge.”
Grace’s Place is run by the charity Forget Me Not and aims to provide much-needed services to children who have a life shortening condition, and to their families, in Bury, Rochdale and Oldham.
It is also raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign to recruit nurses to work in children’s own homes.
Amanda added: “We would like to thank all those who helped us to make the challenge happen including Bury Leisure for the loan of two static bikes, Bolton Council's Wheels for All facility and to Cookson's of Whitefield for the odometer equipment, as well as those who helped us to transport our bikes to the base and to all our amazing staff and customers for taking part."