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Lyme's deputy mayor welcomes Weldmar cyclists to the town

LYME’S deputy mayor welcomed a group of cyclists to the town as they travelled around Dorset on a 180-mile charity ride.

The nine cyclists visited every Weldmar Hospicecare shop in the county to raise money for the charity, which provides end-of-life care for people living in Dorset.

On day one of their three-day challenge, the group was greeted at the Lyme Regis shop by deputy mayor, Cllr Steve Miller.

The cyclists set out from the hospice in Dorchester that morning, stopping off at the Bridport shop before tackling the steep hills into Lyme Regis.

Cllr Miller was joined by shop volunteers and the cyclists’ friends and family to welcome the group in.

Cllr Miller said: “I’m happy to be here to greet the cyclists to add my weight to what they are doing with this fantastic bike ride to raise funds and awareness for everything the charity does in the county of Dorset.

“My wife Heather, the deputy mayoress, has worked in the Weldmar shop for several years now, so I’m happy to support this. The money generated by the shops all goes to hospice care provided by Weldmar in Dorchester.”

The cycle ride was the seventh of 10 challenges taken on by Weldmar’s head of fundraising Matt Smith to mark a decade of working for the charity.

Matt appealed for people to join him in his ‘Colossal 10 Challenges’ and said all the fundraisers had signed up for their own personal reasons.

He said: “It’s the first ever cycle challenge we have done at Weldmar and I’m really pleased with how it’s going. Hopefully everyone will cross the finish line in good spirits.

“I think we’re going to be in a lot of pain but it’s all worth it because as we’re cycling we’re exchanging stories and you find out everyone’s doing it for their own reasons, knowing the money will make a difference and help patients and families in Dorset.”

Cyclist Alex Strasman took part in the challenge after Weldmar took care of his dad when he was ill several years ago.

“The care they give is pretty amazing,” he said. “My brother-in-law got me into it but I’ve never done any cycling before. The morning’s ride was amazing, it was really relaxed and the weather was amazing.”

The cyclists headed for Beaminster after leaving Lyme Regis and spent the night in Evershot before travelling across the north and east of the county, and ending the challenge on the third day with a ferry to Swanage and three more shops before returning to the hospice in Dorchester.

For more information about the charity, visit www.weld-hospice.org.uk and to sponsor Matt on his Colossal 10 Challenges, go to www.justgiving.com/colossal10