VISITORS to Taunton Garden Centre in Norton Fitzwarren next month will be able to see a seven seater circular bike being used in a fundraising bike ride as reported in the Somerset County Express
The unusual bike will be ridden from Bristol to Cornwall in aid of Children’s Hospice South West and the team is stopping off at the garden centre en route on October 9.
David Butt, Corporate Fundraiser for CHSW and one of the riders, said: “There are seven of us in the team and we have named our challenge ‘The Magnificent Seven ride again’.
“We will be riding the bike from the children’s hospice at Charlton Farm in Wraxall to Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in St Austell, which is due to be opened later this year, to raise money for the charity.
“We are expecting to complete the journey in nine days and will be stopping at different locations along the way, including Taunton Garden Centre, to give people an opportunity to have a go on the bike and make a donation to CHSW.”
CHSW has been operating for 15 years and provides vital support for children with a life-limiting condition and their families.
David added: “We are hoping to raise £10,000 from the ride and are delighted Taunton Garden Centre and Old English Inns, which has around 50 bars and restaurants throughout the UK, are supporting us in our venture.
“We are still looking for more sponsorship and anyone interested in getting involved can call me on 07818 037726 for further details.”
The bike, which is circular and can accommodate up to seven riders, is being provided by Get Cycling based in York.
The team and bicycle will be at Taunton Garden Centre on Sunday, October 9 from approximately 11am until 12.30pm.
Gary Blagdon, Manager of Taunton Garden Centre, said: “We are delighted to be supporting David and the team.
“We hope lots of people will come along to see the specialist bike.
“Visitors will also be able to make a donation to CHSW by using the collection buckets available on the day.