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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The Show Must Go On the Road for Fundraising Actors

L-R Tony Hoy, Charlie Gobbett, Gareth Roberts, cycle 345 miles from the London Eye to Notre Dame for St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice

A trio of Nantwich thespians are gearing up for their toughest performance yet - a gruelling London to Paris cycle ride in aid of St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice.

On 10 August, Nantwich Players actors Charlie Gobbett, 47, Tony Hoy, 61, and Gareth Roberts, 58, will begin an exhausting 345-mile bike ride from the London Eye to Paris’ iconic Notre Dame, to raise money for St Luke’s.

Charlie, a tourism and marketing translator, Tony, a retired GP and bicycle instructor Gareth expect their endurance challenge to take an impressive three days. 

The trio of keen cyclists, who are no strangers to punishing journeys, will travel more than 100 miles per day in order to raise funds for St Luke’s, which provides invaluable care and support for people from Mid and South Cheshire with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Charlie explains: “Over the last few years we have taken on similar challenges such as the Coast to Coast event which saw us bike 140 miles from Whitehaven to South Shields and also the gruelling Welsh 3000s, a punishing 15 peak walk for charity.

“This is definitely the hardest we have had to push ourselves but knowing that we are raising money for such a fantastic cause makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

St Luke’s Head of Corporate & Community Development Diane Eeley commented:

“We wish the team all the very best of luck and a safe journey to Paris.

“More than £6,500 a day is needed for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice to open its doors and the majority of that money is found through its incredible network of supporters and fundraisers such as Charlie, Tony and Gareth.”

The trio are funding the bike ride themselves. You can sponsor them by visiting their JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/GCTcyclists.

To find out more about St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice visit: www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk

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