Cyclists enjoyed a friendly ride between Taunton and Yeovil to raise vital funds for St. Margaret’s Hospice.

The Great Somerset Cycle, on Sunday, March 24, saw around 90 riders take to the quiet B roads between our two In-patient Units.

The fundraising event was proudly sponsored by Clarke Willmott solicitors and The Bicycle Chain, who also provided mechanical support. Participants were raising sponsorship to help St. Margaret’s Hospice support more than 3,800 people affected by life-limiting illnesses across Somerset each year.

Groups of riders set off simultaneously from Yeovil and Taunton on a 40-mile route via Ham Hill Country Park, Langport and West Monkton, with many completing the 80-mile round trip.

Among them was Hilary McKegney, who said: “There was fantastic support from all the other cyclists and the fundraising volunteers who cheered us on our way. You get a great sense of satisfaction from completing the personal challenge and knowing that you’re doing something wonderful for a fantastic charity.”

Sonia Bateman, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: “It was a perfect day for cycling and there was a wonderful camaraderie among our riders as they passed each other on the route.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who took part and Clarke Willmott and The Bicycle Chain for their support. Once all the sponsorship money comes in, we hope the Great Somerset Cycle will have raised enough to pay for a whole day of care out in the community across the county.”

Our next challenge for Somerset cyclists is a four-day ride from Paris to Geneva, starting the day after the Tour de France finishes in July. For more details, click here or email [email protected].