Under bright blue skies with Lister Hospital towering in the background, riders from TwinTowns10000 joined an entourage including local dignitaries, hospital staff and representatives from a local school to officially launch Stevenage’s newest charity project.
Introduced by Head of East and North Herts Hospital Charities Jo Burnham, speeches were read by Neil Trebble (representing the riders), Tony Fitzpatrick (Head Teacher Barnwell School), Steven Posey (Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Trust), Jim Adshead (Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Urological Cancer Centre based at the Lister), Stacey Slattery (Lister Magic of Play Appeal), Rizaldo Tibio (Elderly Ward, Forget Me Not dementia appeal), John Lloyd (Mayor of Stevenage) and Stephen McPartland (Member of Parliament for Stevenage).
The riders outlined the reasons for the ride and just what they were hoping to do, with the school offering their intention to fully support the cause. The three wards all thanked the riders and looked forward to working closely to help with the fund-raising.
Mayor John Lloyd said “Volunteering and raising money for the community is an immensely satisfying experience. To be able to bring together local support from a local gym, a local hotel, a local football club and a local school is no mean feat, and I hope that local businesses and town’s people will respond by giving their support and their money to the project, which will enhance the many valuable services provided by the hospital.”
He added “I think the cyclists are very brave. 1000 miles in 9 days is no mean feat. I want each of you to know that I respect your deep commitment to the local community and hope very much that you reach or even exceed your financial target.”
Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, officially declared the launch open, wishing the cyclists well with their training and fundraising efforts, stating “I encourage local businesses along with the local community, most of whom have accessed the services of the Lister Hospital at some point in their life, to get involved and lend their support to this fantastic fundraising initiative.
“This is a brilliant team effort to make a real difference in enhancing our local hospital services and I wish the cyclists every success with their venture”.
The ride itself will start on Friday June 9th 2017, but the team are working hard in partnership with all concerned to put together a programme of fund-raising events over the coming months.
TwinTowns1000 is now well and truly up and running!