Cycle Challenge Raises £100,000 For Charity

More than 1,000 cyclists enjoyed a beautiful Spring Bank Holiday Sunday exploring the stunning East Kent countryside during the 13th annual Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge.

Riders of all abilities took part, collectively cycling more than 76,000 miles to support the end-of-life care the charity provides across east Kent.

London Array is one of the sponsors of the event, which this year raised more than £100,000.

Individuals, families, friends, cycling clubs and local businesses took on the 30, 50, 75, 100 or 125-mile challenge, which started and finished at the University of Kent, near Canterbury.

Robert Grew, Pilgrims event organiser, said: “It’s a privilege to organise the event and, seeing it year after year, I’m always reminded how much of a team effort it is. Our army of volunteers are just outstanding and gave up their bank holiday weekend to help make the whole experience safe and enjoyable for our riders. I can’t thank them enough!

“I am also very grateful to London Array and our other sponsors for their wonderful support, which enables us to maximise the amount of funds we can raise for hospice care.”

The Pilgrims Hospices provide care and support to people with long-term incurable conditions and their families, either at one of their three hospices, at home or within the community.

James Vause, General Manager at London Array, said: “Congratulations to everyone who took part in the challenge either as riders or volunteers.

“Raising more than £100,000 for Pilgrims Hospices and their invaluable work is a fantastic achievement. We were pleased to offer our support.”

Visit to find out more about Pilgrims Hospices and ways to get involved.